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Tunbridge Wells Common

c/o The Conservators, Town Hall, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1RS

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Introduction

  • Tunbridge Wells Common, along with Rusthall Common, is an area of public open space extending to 104 hectares (256 acres).
  • It is owned by the Manor of Rusthall, managed by the Conservators and funded by the Borough Council.
  • The commons are famous for their sandstone outcrops such as the Toad Rock and Wellington Rocks.
  • There is a cricket ground on the common, opposite the car park on Fir Tree Road.

Opening Times

  • The common is open 24 hours per day.
  • The paths do not have lighting.

Location

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Tunbridge Wells.
  • The venue is situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Tunbridge Wells.
  • Comments View
    • Tunbridge Wells Common is land bounded by Mount Ephraim to the north, London Road to the east and Eridge Road to the south.
    • It is crossed by Major Yorks Road. .

Parking

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • Parking is free for all users.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park is on Fir Tree Road, off Major Yorks Road.
    • There are 0 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • Assistance may be required because there is / are uneven surfaces.
    • The car park surface is loose chippings.
    • There is a dropped kerb / non stepped access from the car park to the venue.
    • The patron does not have to cross a road.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Drop off Point View
    • There is not a designated drop off point.

General Information

  • There are many footpaths across the common.
  • Some are wide, firm tarmac paths.
  • There are some steep gradients.
  • Some wheelchair users may require assistance to use these paths.
  • There are also many other paths in the wooded areas which are unmade, uneven and likely to be muddy.
  • There are steps on some of these routes.
  • There are many benches around the common.
  • Most are sited away from the paths on grassed areas.

Accessible Toilet

  • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 100m (109yd 1ft) from the car park, 50m from Mount Ephraim Road.
    • This accessible toilet is located up hill from the car park, near to the Wellington Rocks.
    • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 185cm x 185cm (6ft 1in x 6ft 1in).
    • There is not sufficient turning space in the cubicle for a wheelchair user.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is push.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • The alarm was out of reach (higher than 10cm (4") from floor) when surveyed.
    • Disposal facilities are not available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted grab rails are available for the toilet.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 46cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is fair.
    • The lighting levels are medium.

Level Change (Accessible Toilet)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is located leading to the accessible toilet.
  • The ramp/slope gradient is slight.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • The ramp does have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the left going up.
  • The width of the ramp/slope is 120cm (3ft 11in).

Standard Toilet(s)

Level Change (Toilet Block)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading from the path to the toilet block.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is not a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located to the right of the toilet block.
  • There is / are 2 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do not have handrails.
  • Comments View
    • Both the accessible and standard toilets are located in this toilet block.
    • The toilet block is located about 20m from one of the main paths.
    • The path which leads to the toilet block is sloping, made of tarmac but uneven and partly overgrown with moss.
    • The steps, at the right hand end of the building lead directly onto the grassy slope.
    • Both the male and female standard toilets have a further step up at their entrances.

Additional Info

  • Venue not staffed.