Uncategorized

Conservatives Lose Overall Majority on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

For the first time in more than twenty years, the Conservative Party has no overall majority on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, as counting today revealed opposition parties gained 5 seats in Thursday’s local elections. Years of drama over the abandoned theatre project and controversy over a massive housebuilding plan for Capel has worn down the … Continue reading Conservatives Lose Overall Majority on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Southborough News …


Conservative Peter Oakford Wins His County Council Seat by Just 1%

The Kent County Council seat of Tunbridge Wells North – which includes Southborough – has been won by the Conservatives, with Peter Oakford narrowly holding his seat by just 80 votes, after many voters switched from the Liberal Democrats to Labour. The Conservative lead over Labour was 35% to 34%, with an increased turnout from … Continue reading Conservative Peter Oakford Wins His County Council Seat by Just 1% Southborough News …


Financial Boost for West Kent’s New Community FM Radio Station

The planned new West Kent Community Radio is today celebrating after being awarded almost £9,000 in National Lottery funding to buy the FM radio transmitters it needs to be able to launch its service later this year. West Kent Community Radio evolved from Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells, an established hospital radio service which has been … Continue reading Financial Boost for West Kent’s New Community FM Radio Station Southborough News …


Caution And Hope After 80% Drop in Covid-19 Cases in February

The Mayor of Southborough has told residents he remains concerned about vulnerable members of the community just as the coronavirus restrictions are due to be slowly lifted in the coming months. With schools due to reopen on Monday, official figures for Tunbridge Wells Borough show cases in February were 80 per cent lower than January. … Continue reading Caution And Hope After 80% Drop in Covid-19 Cases in February Southborough News …


A Successful Hunt for Our Home’s History

Our Pennington Road house was built in the 1850s and one of the many charms of owning an old house is being able to speculate about what the people who lived here before were really like. At night – on their way up to bed – they slid their hands on the same stair banisters … Continue reading A Successful Hunt for Our Home’s History Southborough News …


Local Covid Cases Fall in January

The closure of schools, hairdressers and other non-essential businesses has produced a 19% drop in Covid-19 cases in Tunbridge Wells Borough in January, compared with December’s record figure of 2,139 positive tests. The weekly case rate trend is down in both Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, but national restrictions are likely to stay in place for … Continue reading Local Covid Cases Fall in January Southborough News …


Sunday Update: Covid-19 Virus “Out of Control”

All non-essential shops were forced to shut from today in Kent and London after the UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said a new variant Covid-19 virus was “out of control” and it needed to be brought under control. Mr Hancock said it would be very difficult to keep the virus under control until the vaccine … Continue reading Sunday Update: Covid-19 Virus “Out of Control” Southborough News …


Saturday Update: Restrictions Tighten

All non-essential shops are to close from tomorrow in Tunbridge Wells as Kent moves up to even tougher Tier 4 restrictions after the relentlessly increasing tally of Covid-19 cases, which have been reported on this site in recent weeks. Back on November 17th, the rate hit a peak in Tunbridge Wells of 134 per 100,000 population. Fortunately, … Continue reading Saturday Update: Restrictions Tighten Southborough News …


Friday Update: Local Covid-19 Cases are 39% Above England Average

West Kent has been approaching Christmas facing a relentlessly increasing tally of Covid-19 cases, although the weekly case rate in Tunbridge Wells Borough dropped marginally in the latest calculation, according to the very latest figures released on Friday.  Meanwhile, Hastings and the Rother district of Sussex (which includes Ticehurst and borders Kent) is seeing tighter … Continue reading Friday Update: Local Covid-19 Cases are 39% Above England Average Southborough News …


Wednesday Update: Covid-19 Local Cases Still Rising Quickly

West Kent is approaching Christmas facing a relentlessly increasing tally of Covid-19 cases, with the weekly case rate in Tunbridge Wells hitting a new record level, according to figures released on Wednesday.  The case rate in Tunbridge Wells is 47% above the England average. Tonbridge has a rate more than twice the England average. Back … Continue reading Wednesday Update: Covid-19 Local Cases Still Rising Quickly Southborough News …