Extracts from a Letter to Local press on Park and Ride June 1997
There are a number of reasons why the Park and Ride scheme from Pembury and another four areas should not have been approved. For example a shift away from regular buses, and an increase in car traffic with no reduction in the town traffic. Arguments against were put by all political groups, but to no avail. Two of the areas selected are in neighbouring East Sussex and their local plan is clearly against those sites. Has the Tunbridge Wells Local Plan been compromised? It does not say the scheme has to go ahead, just that if it does the scale must be large enough to work.
People have expressed, in Southborough, a need for buses, such as from central Tunbridge Wells to Pembury on a Sunday, they can get from Southborough to Tunbridge Wells. The bus is needed to visit relatives in Pembury Hospital. Contrary to the Borough Councillors, I believe buses are good because they are environmentally sustainable, when used instead of cars. More car traffic, Park and cheap Ride is not.