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Keeping Sevenoaks Green and Safe for all - Eastern Ward update

November 30, 2017 4:55 PM
By Alan Bullion




Your Lib Dem councillors back local residents campaigning against a commuter car park on the Vine. This land, next to Vine Cricket ground, was given to Sevenoaks as part of its War Memorial. It must remain an open space for all, and not become a sea of cars.

Elizabeth Purves was the only councillor at the Sevenoaks District Council Planning meeting who spoke and voted against the plan. All Lib Dem Town councillors voted against the idea.


Elizabeth has worked with local residents to remove the 50 acre green belt field east of Seal Hollow Road out of the District Council's list of sites for housing. We will fight to protect our open spaces and the Green Belt.



Traffic on the A25, Seal Hollow Road, St Johns Hill, Hillingdon Avenue, Quakers Hall Lane, Bayham and Serpentine Roads are damaging for many who live here. Speeding traffic endangers children going to school. Pavement parking and roads without pavements (like Hartslands, Bethel, Prospect Roads) can lead to accidents. We want 20mph limits especially near schools and where there are no pavements.


It's a long way down Dartford Road from the crossing at The Drive to the next one at Hollybush. This busy road badly needs a pedestrian crossing to reduce risks to commuters walking to the
station, and students walking to school. As school traffic rises and more young people walk to the new schools the danger rises. We want a pedestrian crossing by the shops near Vine Court

The number of young people walking along Seal Road, and crossing the A25 to get to school is increasing too. A crossing between Millpond Wood and Greatness Park is urgently needed, so
that local students can get to school safely. People come first, not traffic.


We also need new school places at Trinity and Weald of Kent Grammar - and more at Knole Academy. The planned 3500 students come from a wide area, bringing more car and bus traffic
morning and afternoon. Growing congestion at Bat and Ball traffic lights and the Seal Hollow Road / Seal Road traffic lights is holding up school buses, and clogging roads.

We back local residents asking for proper plans for school transport. So far their concerns have been dismissed by Kent County Council.

Big developments need traffic plans; not "hoping it will be all right".