Friends of Cornford Lane
Friends of Cornford Lane

Councillors' Comments...

Previous Borough and County Councillor James Scholes:      "I have come to my own conclusion that the road needs closing. It has become that much more popular and that much more dangerous. It just has to be made safer before there's a fatality."


15th July 2013 JTB Meeting
Borough councillor Bob Backhouse: "It seems there's a consensus amongst the residents that they would be in favour of having the road closed. It's probably the only way forward. It's absurd that these lorries should try and negotiate a road that barely takes a normal vehicle."

Borough councillor David Scott: "Clearly the traffic on this road has expanded considerably following the introduction of the traffic lights in Pembury Road. We need to take action in some form."

15th April 2013 JTB Meeting
At a meeting of the Tunbridge Wells Joint Transportation Board on Monday night one councillor said the lane was "terrifying".

Borough and county councillor James Scholes said: "It is terrifying. I don't go down there. The problem cannot be ignored. There has to be a solution and the solution cannot be no action. When we went for the site visit there were eight to ten cars coming in either direction head to head on the lane. Fisticuffs went up."

Borough councillor Peter Bulman blamed the new Traffic Lights on the Pembury Road junction with Halls Hole Road for worsening Cornford Lane's traffic: "We have forced people to find new routes into Tunbridge Wells. We have created a mammoth problem that already existed and now is so much worse. I would strongly support the closure of Cornford Lane. That lane is a disaster."


Councillor Mrs Soyke did not want to see any procrastination on this issue; she was also in favour of closing the lane and was aware of other, similar circumstances where roads had been closed - From JTB 15th April 2013

County Councillor Holden stated he had considerable sympathy for Cornford Lane residents. He also questioned the basis for not closing Cornford Lane - From JTB 15th July 2013

Councillor Backhouse reminded members that three site visits had taken place to Cornford Lane and the consensus amongst its residents was that, with the agreement of Pepenbury (now Aspens), the lane should be closed. Councillor Backhouse also considered this to be the only real solution and the correct way forward - From JTB 15th July 2013

Borough Councillor Scott felt the vulnerability of Pepenbury (as was) residents as users of Cornford Lane could not be understated - From JTB 15th July 2013

And one councillor stressed at the January 2014 JTB meeting that "The people in the best position to understand both the problems and the solution are the residents of Cornford Lane"



However, despite all of this supporting comment, nothing has been done...


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