I cannot stand staying long in the High Street at all. As soon as I have got my stuff I try to escape by River Lawn for a bit of fresh air and quiet. The longest I tend to spend in the High Street is about 15 minutes or so, and by then I have enough and want to get away from the noise.
The problem with pedestrianisation can be seen when you go to Calverley Road in Tunbridge Wells. Tunbridge Wells has plenty of big shops (unlike Tonbridge) and Calverley Road is still a disappointing shopping experience. Tonbridge doesn't have anything to draw people to shop in the high street. The only 'magnet' store is Waitrose and that doesn't face on to the High Street.
I think that pedestrianisation would kill off the passing trade which, it seems, is the only thing which keeps business trading in the High Street. That's why I'm opposed to it.
Not only that, but where would the traffic go? The high street is a major artery. If you shove all those vehicles on to the already-congested road around the edge of Tonbridge you're going to bring the whole place to a groaning halt.