Friday, and now our local weekly paper has come out it seems that the “TW Festival” was an excuse by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to test what would happen if this road closure was made permanent. While the thought of another pedestrianized area may be nice,the other thoughts are the impact on our already over stretched roads, and on the shops further out of the town centre. Aspects of the Festival were pleasant, but the main part was a market, and the town already has two markets, in the Pantiles and Civic Way. Both areas have places nearby for unloading vans and storage of stalls. So what would we be using the pedestrianized area for? We have Calverley Road already, with a few cafes and benches, and little atmosphere, and the disaster of an area by the Millennium clock.
The local weekly paper also made pedestrianization it’s lead story. The other story is, that all over the town lots of people volunteered time and effort to host both “TW Festival” and “Local and Live”, as well as Camden Road “Arts Alive” and Pembury “Willfest”. These are just a very few of the events held in the town through out the year that rely on the good will of others to make things happen. This photo is Monday afternoon on the Pantiles, as people enjoy “Local and Live”. This pedestrianized area has been here since 1684, and was an important part of promenading while taking the waters. It was made with a purpose. Good to see we can still enjoy the area now!