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Wanted! New Name for Southborough Hub

The mayor of Southborough, Cllr Alain Lewis, has said the new community building under construction that is currently known as the “Southborough Hub” will have a new name suggested by residents. Cllr Lewis told Southborough News: “There should be community engagement to decide on the name, so we are open to suggestions.” The latest pictures … Continue reading Wanted! New Name for Southborough Hub Southborough News …


Southborough Mayor says People Must Stay Vigilant

The mayor of Southborough, Cllr Alain Lewis, has said the people of the town need to remain vigilant to keep themselves safe from the Covid-19 virus, even though there are now only a “handful” of cases in West Kent. Cllr Lewis stated: “People should socially distance in the street. If you are not wearing a … Continue reading Southborough Mayor says People Must Stay Vigilant Southborough News …


New Community FM Radio Station Approved for Tunbridge Wells

The broadcasting regulator OFCOM has today approved the opening of a new community radio station serving Tunbridge Wells, Southborough and Tonbridge which will be easily accessible on all FM radios from next year. The news delighted the dedicated volunteers at Hospital Radio Tunbridge Wells who had  put in many hours of work over the past year … Continue reading New Community FM Radio Station Approved for Tunbridge Wells Southborough News …


Greg Clark returns as Local MP with 55% of Votes

The sitting local Conservative MP, Greg Clark, won his seat comfortably in the General Election, receiving 55% of the votes cast and telling local media he was “thrilled” to be re-elected and “would be representing the whole community for the next five years”. The Liberal Democrat candidate, Ben Chapelard (second from left above at the … Continue reading Greg Clark returns as Local MP with 55% of Votes Southborough News …


“Thousands of New Homes” Possible in Southborough if Local Plan isn’t Opposed

A local residents’ group has warned that a very large area – equivalent to 250 football pitches – between the A26 and Vauxhall Lane could be opened up to development if local people fail to object strongly enough to the Borough Council’s Local Plan. The Hangman’s Hill Residents’ Association submission seen by Southborough News states … Continue reading “Thousands of New Homes” Possible in Southborough if Local Plan isn’t Opposed Southborough News …


Plan to Replace Fields with New Housing Between Southborough and Tonbridge

Residents have just five days to give their verdict on a plan by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to transform many of the fields on “green belt” land between Tonbridge and Southborough into new housing. The land in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) that is currently centred on the historic Mabledon Farm (see red … Continue reading Plan to Replace Fields with New Housing Between Southborough and Tonbridge Southborough News …


Secrets of Southborough Common Revealed

A strong turnout of around 50 local residents came out on Saturday for a hour long guided tour of the “Secrets of Southborough Common” led by Ian Johnstone (pictured below) of the Kent High Weald Partnership. The overcast weather didn’t deter residents, who were rewarded with insights into what the recent clearing of the common … Continue reading Secrets of Southborough Common Revealed Southborough News …


Greg Clark Will Be Conservative General Election Candidate

The current MP for Southborough and Tunbridge Wells Greg Clark has survived a selection meeting of his local party and will be the official Conservative candidate at the December 12th General Election. Some Conservative members wanted Greg Clark (below) to be dropped after he lost his membership of the Conservative party in parliament following Mr … Continue reading Greg Clark Will Be Conservative General Election Candidate Southborough News …


Tunbridge Wells Council Tax Payers “Dodged a Bullet”

Just hours after Tunbridge Wells councillors dramatically defied their Conservative leadership and voted down plans to borrow £87million to build the Calverley Square project, central government dramatically increased the interest rate that the council would have had to pay had the scheme gone ahead. David Hayward (pictured below), a councillor for the Tunbridge Wells Alliance, … Continue reading Tunbridge Wells Council Tax Payers “Dodged a Bullet” Southborough News …


Calverley Square Theatre Project Abandoned

The plan for council taxpayers of Southborough and Tunbridge Wells to spend £108 million on a new theatre and office project has been thrown out by councillors at a meeting tonight. Two votes were taken and the current scheme was rejected by 27 votes to just 12 supporters. There were 4 abstentions. This was a … Continue reading Calverley Square Theatre Project Abandoned Southborough News …