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Bank Street in Sevenoaks takes leaf out of Paris's book maybe until September

The district council is helping to transform Bank Street in Sevenoaks into an area for al fresco dining and drinking to help with the reopening of the hospitality sector after lockdown.

Now two pubs, the Anchor and the Restoration (formerly the Black Boy … wonder why they changed the name), and three eateries, Basil, Sopranos and Eat For Energy, can serve outdoor-seated customers in the pedestrianised town-centre street.

Businesses can serve customers outdoors from Monday to Sunday, 10am to 11pm.

Sevenoaks District Council leader Cllr Peter Fleming says: “We are doing everything possible to support our local businesses as we come out of lockdown. Opening up Bank Street for safe, outdoor eating and drinking will really help local hospitality businesses with little or no outdoor space.

“I’m confident this new outdoor hospitality area will complement the space the district council has already gifted Sevenoaks Town Council for their new outdoor market over the summer, giving residents and visitors even more reasons to visit the town, and giving the wider town economy a real boost.

“We want to thank Kent Highways for allowing us to use Bank Street and Sevenoaks resident Matthew Neave for promoting the idea.”

Sevenoaks District Council’s Town Centre Ambassadors and local businesses will work together to help keep the area safe for everyone. If successful, the outdoor seated area could stay in place until the end of September.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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