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Lib Dem Win in Southborough North as Conservative Vote Crumbles in Tunbridge Wells

The Conservatives had a dismal day in the local council elections across the Tunbridge Wells Borough and Southborough was no exception. The existing councillor for the Southborough North seat, Conservative Joe Simmons, was defeated by 24 votes. The opposition parties are likely to form a new administration in Tunbridge Wells Borough to replace the Conservatives … Continue reading Lib Dem Win in Southborough North as Conservative Vote Crumbles in Tunbridge Wells Southborough News …


Tunbridge Wells Council Leader calls for “Collaboration” between Parties

After last Thursday’s by-election defeat, the Conservative leader of Tunbridge Wells Council has called for all political parties to work together in collaboration in the interests of the Borough. The Conservative’s 23 council seats are now outnumbered by the 25 seats held by opposition parties. In an interview with Southborough News, Cllr Tom Dawlings (pictured … Continue reading Tunbridge Wells Council Leader calls for “Collaboration” between Parties Southborough News …


Borough Council Defeat for Conservatives in Bidborough ward By-election

The Conservatives grip on power at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has slipped further after their defeat in a by-election on Thursday. Voters in the Speldhurst and Bidborough ward elected the Tunbridge Wells restaurateur, Matthew Sankey (pictured below) from the Tunbridge Wells Alliance Party, who won 50% of the vote. The Conservatives now have 23 seats … Continue reading Borough Council Defeat for Conservatives in Bidborough ward By-election Southborough News …


Tune to 95.5 and 106.7 FM for West Kent Radio

The first community radio station for Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells was officially launched onto the FM waveband on Thursday morning at 10.00am. Station trustee Nigel Peacock said: “Launch day has been fantastic and we’ve been receiving lots of messages of support and requests to the studio and on our social platforms. It’s a great day … Continue reading Tune to 95.5 and 106.7 FM for West Kent Radio Southborough News …


Official Opening of Southborough’s New Civic Centre

On one of the warmest sunniest Saturdays of the summer, Southborough’s new Civic Centre was opened by the town’s mayor, Dianne Hill, in a festive event attended by hundreds of local residents. Dianne Hill delivered the following speech: “A big welcome to everyone from Southborough, High Brooms and beyond to a Festival celebrating our past, … Continue reading Official Opening of Southborough’s New Civic Centre Southborough News …


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 …