TWBC one of only five councils in England to meet audit deadline

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) is one of five councils in England to publish its auditor’s opinion on its 2022/23 accounts by the required deadline. The Borough Council is also the only local authority in Kent to have achieved this. According to new analysis by the Public Sector Audit Appointments (PSAA), only one per cent […]

Safety issues raise concern at High Brooms Station after alleged assault

An alleged sexual assault in High Brooms has highlighted the issues of safety that women experience while travelling home from the train station. On Saturday September 16, a woman exiting High Brooms train station was approached by a stranger, who followed her on foot before sexually assaulting her inside a property. Following an investigation by […]

Castle Street cobble repairs are ‘hazardous’

TRADERS in a Tunbridge Wells street are suffering the consequences of a decision made in the 1980s to resurface the road with cobbles. This has left an uneven, patched surface in the town centre’s Castle Street, which is a hazard to pedestrians. According to old photographs, the cobbles in Castle Street were laid in 1987. […]

Rail ticket office considered for closure despite being region’s fourth busiest

THE TICKET office at Tunbridge Wells station is among those to be considered for closure as part of planned cutbacks, despite being one of the most-used in the whole of the Southeastern network. Research by the Times shows that the local office should remain open, based on the criteria being used by Southeastern Railway to […]

No free parking for Dunorlan

THERE will be no free first-hour parking at Dunorlan Park when charges are introduced, Council leaders decided last week, as they weighed the budget against the results of an informal consultation. Meeting last Thursday (July 27), Cabinet members admitted that Lib Dem, Alliance and Labour groups were all “divided” and “split” over proposals to introduce […]

Dunorlan parking charges inch one step closer

Controversial plans to introduce parking charges at Dunorlan Park are set for approval after councillors endorsed the proposals. At a Cabinet Advisory Board meeting on Tuesday July 11, councillors voted four to three in favour of motorists being charged to park in the car parks. If approved by the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) Cabinet […]

St John’s schools get radios and police officers to fight antisocial behaviour

SCHOOLS in Tunbridge Wells are to be equipped with radios and assigned police officers in an effort to tackle antisocial behaviour. Police have been dealing with an increased number of incidents across the town, specifically in St John’s, where reports of criminal damage, vandalism, theft, verbal abuse, and racial harassment have escalated. Many of these […]

Tunbridge Wells police clamp down on antisocial behaviour

Two teenagers have been arrested and charged as local police clamp down on antisocial behaviour in Tunbridge Wells. The boys were detained following allegations that residents at an address in High Brooms had been assaulted and subjected to threats of violence made in an unprovoked incident on the evening of Monday, May 29. Enquiries by […]

County councillors slammed for making ‘offensive’ comments about SEN children

PARENTS, charities, and specialists are calling for two Kent County councillors to apologise after making “offensive” and “deeply troubling” comments during a Council meeting. A local charity for people with autism and a neurodivergence specialist have expressed their outrage at comments suggesting that having an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) was “the in-thing”. During a […]

Party negotiations to continue as Full Council date approaches

While parties continue to discuss and debate cabinet and committee roles in the wake of the local elections on May 4, the clock is ticking down towards the first Full Council meeting for the electoral year. The Full Council meeting is scheduled for next week (May 24), with the formal election of the Mayor and […]


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