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Tonbridge: How people really enjoy living in Kent’s ‘happiest’ commuter town

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Original article from Kent Live

There are many things to love about Kent.

From the stunning costal areas to major ports, there really is something for everyone.

However, one of the best bits is that many of the towns have fast connections to London.

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In fact, a Which? survey has seen Tonbridge voted as London's happiest commuter town, as MyLondon reports.

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At the top of the list was St Ives in Cornwall, which voters ranked as the happiest area in the UK.

Tonbridge weighed in at 15th overall in the standings, which made it the best-placed of London's commuter towns.

'Tonbridge is a happy place'

Amanda Miles, 55

Amanda Miles, 55, enjoys sitting on the River Walk which runs alongside the River Medway.

She said: "I've worked in Tonbridge for just over a year and I think it's okay.

"I prefer the end of the town with the castle and the river, but I don't really come here for shopping."

When asked if she'd prefer to be in St Ives, the top-rated area, or Tonbridge, Amanda was definitive in her answer.

"I'd rather be in St Ives," she said.

"Of course there you have the attraction of the beach, but I'd still say Tonbridge is a happy place."

'Simply fantastic'

Heidi Stendahl, 67, and Shekar Ramana, 65, enjoy their peaceful strolls in the town.

"We like the castle area but we do park near the lakes and go for a walk through before arriving at the town," Heidi said.

"It's a town with a nice rural countryside and we certainly enjoy that."

Shekar also agreed that the walks through the town can be very picturesque and tranquil.

He said: "The lakes and the walk in the nearby woodlands are simply fantastic."

"It's very difficult to compare Tonbridge with St Ives.

"St Ives is by the sea and here it's different, however Tonbridge has its own great features – I love them both!"

There's a real village-like atmosphere'

Mrs Minnis, 84

Mrs Minnis, 84, said she really enjoys her trips to the town and the surrounding attractions.

"Tonbridge has become really pedestrianised so it makes it easier to get about," she said.

"There are many things to like about the town, from the river to the park and the wildlife within it.

"There's a real village-like atmosphere in Tonbridge and it's like a nice tight-knit community while also retaining the high street which is important.

"I also like the quaint, historical feel here with the castle behind us."

Tonbridge town centre

'More investment would be useful'

Jake Ryder, 38, lives in Tonbridge and has also worked in the town for around 20 years.

"I think it's a nice area, and I would say it's a happy place, but I do think some more investment would be useful," he said.

Jake explained that he would like to see more diversity within the shops in the high street.

He also stated he'd rather stay in the town than relocate to St Ives.

"What I do really like about Tonbridge is the vast amount of open space there is," he said.

"There are many public communities and parks where people can go and enjoy themselves.

"It's tough to to compare the town to St Ives but I think I'd probably rather live here!"

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