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Conservatives Choose Financier Neil Mahapatra as Tunbridge Wells Candidate

The local members of the Conservative Party have chosen a banker who once organised the private investment activities of Lord Rothschild as their replacement for Greg Clark as General Election candidate in Tunbridge Wells. Neil Mahapatra is the son of two doctors and was brought up in the village of Leeds near Maidstone. Neil Mahapatra … Continue reading Conservatives Choose Financier Neil Mahapatra as Tunbridge Wells Candidate Southborough News …


Labour’s Hugo Pound Bids to be Tunbridge Wells MP

The Labour Party has launched its General Election campaign in Tunbridge Wells, arguing that its plans to step up house building should include some development of Green Belt land. Labour’s Parliamentary candidate, Hugo Pound (pictured below) said: “We stopped the sprawl of joining Tunbridge Wells to Pembury in a recent application…so we protected the Green … Continue reading Labour’s Hugo Pound Bids to be Tunbridge Wells MP Southborough News …


Hear What Local Politicians Really Think!

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council elections take place on Thursday – and the podcast “West Kent Talking” has just been released containing frank interviews with leaders of the key parties to help voters make their choice. The Liberal Democrats currently have effective control of most council decisions thanks to a coalition deal with the Tunbridge Wells … Continue reading Hear What Local Politicians Really Think! Southborough News …


Tonbridge Green Party Backs Angel Centre Demolition

The Green Party in Tonbridge has endorsed the demolition of the Angel leisure centre but wants Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council to specify where replacement leisure facilities for residents should be built. Mark Hood, who is the Green councillor for Judd ward, (pictured below) said: “We believe it is the right decision to demolish the … Continue reading Tonbridge Green Party Backs Angel Centre Demolition Southborough News …


Tonbridge Angel Centre to be Demolished

A meeting of key members of Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council on 5th December decided that the town’s Angel Leisure Centre no longer meets modern standards and it needs to be demolished. New leisure facilities will be built for residents, but no decision has been made on where that’ll be. The Angel centre was only … Continue reading Tonbridge Angel Centre to be Demolished Southborough News …


More Gatwick Planes: Consultation Extended

Members of the public have been given extra time to have their say about Gatwick’s expansion plans, which could double the airport’s size. Gatwick wants to spend £ 2.2 billion to upgrade an existing backup runway, which would allow many more daytime flights. The Airport says night flights would not increase. Campaigners against the Gatwick’s … Continue reading More Gatwick Planes: Consultation Extended Southborough News …


More Gatwick Planes: Consultation Deadline Today

Members of the public have just a few hours left to have their say about Gatwick’s expansion plans, which could double the airport’s size. Gatwick wants to spend £ 2.2 billion to upgrade an existing backup runway, which would allow many more daytime flights. The Airport says night flights would not increase.  Although the planning … Continue reading More Gatwick Planes: Consultation Deadline Today Southborough News …


BBC Strike Halts Local News for 48 Hours

BBC journalists in Tunbridge Wells are on strike in protest at management plans to axe around half the locally made programming at BBC Radio Kent. A 48-hour strike began yesterday (Wed 7 June) and ends on Thursday night. Staff are also still “working to rule”. Speaking from the picket line outside BBC South East studios … Continue reading BBC Strike Halts Local News for 48 Hours Southborough News …


TWBC Leader Defends Fines for Driving Past Town Hall

The newly re-elected leader of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has said that air quality is improving in the town thanks to the controversial new traffic rules that have led to thousands of fines for local motorists. Ben Chapelard from the Liberal Democrats said that the number of cars per day wrongly driving past the War … Continue reading TWBC Leader Defends Fines for Driving Past Town Hall Southborough News …


Victory for High Brooms in Council Ward Battle

A campaign to prevent people in High Brooms having their votes subsumed into a proposed new Borough council ward area dominated by voters in Tunbridge Wells has been successful. The initial proposals from the Local Government Boundary Commission had ignored the fact that the district of “Southborough and High Brooms” has historically been a separate … Continue reading Victory for High Brooms in Council Ward Battle Southborough News …