Sevenoaks Town Council is delighted to announce that it has secured a £755,600 Heritage Lottery Fund grant towards the refurbishment of the Bat & Ball Station building, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.
The Bat & Ball Station was the first railway station in Sevenoaks and used by Queen Victoria when visiting Knole. It has been boarded up since 1992 and gradually deteriorated.
The restored building will provide heritage information, community rooms, public toilets and a café selling Kent produce.
In addition to the refurbished station building Sevenoaks Town Council have reached an agreement with the rail authorities to enable a new access to be created on platform 1 through to the community centre. This will enable parents and carers and those with mobility needs to use the station without struggling with the bridge
Plans are also in place to install cycle racks adjacent to both platforms and will include provision for charging electric cycles.
This is the first project in the Town Council’s ambitious plan to regenerate Northern Sevenoaks. A new modern Community Centre is scheduled to be the second project linked through the new access and will be complementary to the station.
Subject to the Neighbourhood Development Plan being agreed at referendum in 2019 there will be many more exciting facilities coming to this area of Sevenoaks in the future.