Bulls Place is a residential cul-de-sac at the end of Belfield Road, which leads off the main Hastings Road through Pembury in Tunbridge Wells. It is connected to Lower Green Road, the other main road through the village by a pedestrian pathway.
Bulls Place, and Belfield Road are home to a large number of elderly people and young families, many of whom use Lower Green Road to access either shops or indeed Pembury Primary School further down the road.
Unfortunately, as you will see from the photos, there is no pavement on the Bulls Place side of Lower Green Road at this point, so for safety reasons residents have no option but to cross the road at this point.
Visibility, as again you will see from the photographs, is not good, with overhanging trees adding to a sharp bend in the road to obscure the view. Many local residents tell me they must cross the road “by ear”, listening for the engines of oncoming traffic.
Lower Green Road is a long road, relatively straight in parts, which is often used as a ‘rat run’ to Colts Hill avoiding the traffic lights at Woodsgate Corner. This combination of factors – no pavement on one side of the road; young Mums with pushchairs; elderly residents, some with mobility problems; lack of clear visibility and speeding traffic – leads to a potentially dangerous situation.
The need for a crossing point appears to have already been acknowledged. As you will see from the photos, there are dropped kerbs with tactile surfaces on both sides of the road and clear parallel road markings indicating a crossing point.
A year or two ago, there was a strong lobby of local residents pushing for a pedestrian crossing outside Pembury Primary School. The school’s crossing lady had retired and it was felt that a physical crossing was the answer. After a public meeting and several individual conversations, it was generally agreed that a replacement crossing person was a more appropriate answer.
Here, at the junction with Lower Green Road and the Bulls Place footpath, a physical pedestrian crossing point is not only necessary, but is long overdue.