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Swanley station could move as council discusses multi-million pound regeneration

PUBLISHED: 16:19 07 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:46 09 September 2016

Swanley Regeneration

Swanley Regeneration

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Sevenoaks council is drafting a 20-year 'master plan'

Commuters using a local train station could face major changes under a multi-million pound regeneration plan.

Sevenoaks District Council is creating a 20-year ‘Master Vision’ to develop Swanley and Hextable, and is looking for suggestions from residents.

So far local people have called on the council to create new affordable family homes, improve health facilities and strengthen shopping and restaurant facilities.

Following the advice, the council has created a report of potential improvements, which will now go to consultation. The report suggests Swanley station could be moved closer to the town centre, currently half a mile away.

A consultation on the report will now run until November 2.

Peter Fleming, Sevenoaks District Council’s leader, said: “This is a once in a generation opportunity for Swanley, Hextable and the surrounding area to massively improve facilities in Swanley town centre, protect the distinctiveness of Hextable and surrounding villages and to give

residents and business a town that retains its strong sense of

community whilst moving the forward to an exciting new chapter in its history.

“Nothing is set in stone and the proposals will need the support of local people to go forward so I would urge local people to have their say at our consultation events and by completing our questionnaire that’s available on our website from September 7.

“As the Master Vision covers the next 20 years, we are keen to hear from the next generation.

Drop in events in Swanley will take place at 38/39 Swanley Centre (next to Wilko) on September 22, 23 and 24 from 11am to 4pm.

Another session will take place in Hextable Village Hall on September 23 from 9am to 9pm.

White Oak Leisure Centre is hosting drop in events on September 27 from 11am to 9pm and again on October 1 from 11am to 4pm.

To find out more, or to respond to the consultation, visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/swanley&hextable.

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