Lower Green Rec – Playground Closed 4 & 5 March 2020

Following requests from residents last year, we are extending the fencing around the playground in Lower Green Rec to create a dog free picnic area.

During the fencing works on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 March the playground will be closed.  We apologise for any inconvenience cause.

We also plan to install a picnic bench and a tree for shade shortly.

Playground closed poster on gate

Advice on Coronavirus Covid-19

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.  The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

The NHS website offers advice and information and what you should do if you think you have the illness.

For updates on the current situation in Kent, please see the Kent County Council website for details.

Prevent coronavirus spreading

There are things we can all do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading:

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

If you are worried about your symptoms, use the online NHS 111 coronavirus service or call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP, pharmacy, hospital or other healthcare setting.

Repairs Works to graves

Repair work is being carried out to graves at Pembury Burial Ground, Lower Green Cemetery and Old Church which have been identified as potentially dangerous during recent memorial inspections.  This work is due to start  in early March.

The future of the Climbing Frame in Lower Green Recreation Ground!

Photo of climbing frame

Do you, or your children, use the old climbing frame in Lower Green Recreation Ground? The Parish Council need to know how well it is used before we decide its future!  Our options are:

  1. to refurbish the equipment which would involve laying safety surface over existing tarmac and sanding down and repainting the equipment. Cost is in the region of £3,000 to £4,000.
  2. or remove the climbing frame, dig up the tarmac and lay turf. Cost is in the region of £1,000.

Please let us know which is your preferred option by taking part in the online survey.

Bus routes affected by the closure of Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells 15-18 February 2020

The Go-coach 283 service and the NuVenture 282 service will be diverted as a result. The diversion for both services are:

Towards Ravenswood Avenue:

From Camden Road, Turning Right onto Garden Road/Lansdowne Road, Left onto St James’ Road, Right onto Albion Road, then normal line of route.

Towards Sainsbury’s Tunbridge Wells:

From Albion Road, Turning Left onto St James’ Road, Right onto Lansdowne Road/Garden Road, Left onto Camden Road, then normal line of route.

Bus Routes affected by the closure of the A21 14-24 February 2020


The services that will definitely be disrupted are 7 and 402 feeding into Tunbridge Wells as all traffic will be diverted through Hildenborough and Tonbridge. However, due to the interworking of services, any delay has potential to impact all services in our network.

There is possibility that if the disruption through Tonbridge becomes too great we may curtail certain services before they reach Tonbridge to keep network moving, but that will be done on a day by day basis. We intend to have a mobile Duty Manager in Tonbridge all week to make this decision and these will be communicated where necessary.

Please keep up to date on social media or the Arriva app for information about your journey.

Autocar Bus & Coach Services

With the total closure of the A21 Tonbridge Bypass all roads around Tonbridge are expected to be extremely busy.

To minimise delays the following alterations will apply:

  • Services 205 (Paddock Wood & Capel) and 208A (Pembury) will NOT operate via Cannon Lane (M&S / ALDI) and journeys normally operated here will run via the High Street and turn at the Castle.
  • Service 210 the 12.00 Tonbridge to Charcott and 12.27 return will NOT operate, except on Wednesday 19 February when it will operate.

We will be working hard to keep services running, but even with these alterations please be aware that it is likely that services may run late. Please ring the office for advice on the running of your bus (01892 833830).

Brighton & Hove and Metrobus:

No directly affected services, but expect delays, especially Northbound traffic build up in Southborough.

Go Coach:

Our Pembury Hospital service (208/209) is likely to be disrupted along with our route 5. Our contingency plan for this – base a spare driver and vehicle in Tonbridge. Potentially may cut some 209 services from the scheduled timetable which are not as well used and use that driver and vehicle to run the better used services.