After a great deal of lobbying by MP Greg Clark accompanied by Bob Atwood, Leader of Tunbridge Wells Council, Morrisons are well on the way to carrying out work at their Tunbridge Wells town centre store with a view to the store re-opening by Easter 2012. Their intention is to create a more open public space in front of the building and to enhance the appearance and prominence of the main customer entrance. These works have been designed to complement the setting of the adjacent railway station, which is a Grade II listed building.
The works that have already been carried out to the building involve the removal of the existing brick and slate roof canopy which extends across the central section of the building facing Vale Avenue in order to ‘lighten’ the appearance of the building. Works will involve construction of a new glazed entrance vestibule and two small canopies at the main customer entrance to provide weather protection and trolley storage.
The paved area in front of the building will also get a facelift with the removal of the brick tree planters, trees and existing hard surfacing and creation of an open, paved area incorporating new paving materials, wide steps, an arrangement of two benches set between three new trees, and provision of three decorative and functional stainless steel bicycle racks.
Photo shows Julian signing petition accompanied by Greg Clark MP and Bob Atwood, Leader of the Council.