Sevenoaks District Council are formulating a “Masterplan” to regenerate parts of Swanley and Hextable, and have recently held drop- in sessions to hear the views of residents, and also ask for their opinions on the Councils Plans.
Feedback from the drop-in sessions show some residents approved of new affordable homes, retirement homes and family homes, whilst other residents did not want any new homes. On transport, residents were concerned with congestion and suggested new road layouts.
Swanley station could be improved, along with access to the station, and the proposed oyster card scheme has now been introduced, Swanley being designated Zone 8 of the network.
More health and community facilities were suggested, also a better range of shops and restaurants.
The most controversial issue is the suggestion that a new leisure centre be built on the Swanley Rec., and our local Labour group have started a petition to stop any building on the Rec.
The first draft of the masterplan is to be submitted to Sevenoaks DC in April, which is when residents of Swanley and Hextable will find out the plans for the town centre. It has been suggested these include more car parking, more shops and even a hotel. Once these plans become public there will be further consultation.
A public inquiry is to be held concerning the proposed outline application to build 61 new homes. This will be held on the 10th, 11th and 12th of May 2016 at 10am at The Alexandra Suite. Members of the public are invited to attend.
Swanley Town council hold their annual town on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 in the Alexandra Suite. I am sure they would welcome your views.