This is our monthly look at some of the local stories making the headlines in October.
Bewl Water Country Park has been sold in a multi-million pound deal to the Markerstudy Group. The sale involving the 1,000-acre site – which includes the stunning 770 acre reservoir – is expected to be completed with Kent Attractions early next year. Contracts were exchanged last month with completion agreed for January 2016. With substantial investment and improvement plans underway, the group says it will be working closely with visitors, clubs, residents and the council to ensure that ‘Bewl Water prospers and continues to play a key role in boosting the economy in Kent.’
After the success of last year’s Christmas lights on London Road and the High Street in Sevenoaks, businesses in the town have requested that more areas be lit up this winter. The Town Council has now agreed to buy lights for various locations, including: St Johns Road and Bat & Ball, the shops near the Vine, Dartford Road, Holly bush Road junction shops, Wickenden Road area shops and bottom of the hill shops. The Town Council is now in early stages of contacting the owners of the business premises seeking permission for the installation of the light fixings to their properties.
Furious Borough Green residents are being forced to leave their homes and walk across fields – just to get a mobile signal. Homeowners in the new Isles Quarry housing development have been left without internet or mobile signal since moving in in August. Even delivery drivers have been unable to supply goods, because once they enter the area they are unable to call customers for directions or to let them know they’re arriving. Despite BT installing new cables to rectify the issue, residents say this hasn’t helped, and they are still having to travel further afield or use their work online connections in order to make contact.
For months there’s been speculation that restaurant Bill’s is set to open an eatery in Sevenoaks, but after the restaurant chain applied to Sevenoaks District Council for a premises licence to sell alcohol and play music, the plans look more certain. If they go ahead, the restaurant will be located on London Road in what was previously a sports bar and Mexican restaurant. The public has until October 9 to object to the council about the application.
FLYING THE FLAG
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council has received a certificate to mark 10 years of achieving the Green Flag Award at Haysden Country Park in Tonbridge. Keep Britain Tidy’s green flag award scheme manager Paul Todd presented the 10-year certificate to council officers and volunteer helpers at Haysden Country Park. “To achieve this prestigious award for 10 years running is testament to the rangers and staff involved, volunteer groups, wildlife specialists, partnership organisations and visitors for their continuing efforts to help us improve and develop the park,” says Maria Heslop, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services. “There’s no doubt that their efforts have paid off. “