Petition against centre presented to Paddock Wood Town Council

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OPPONENTS to the proposed £2.3million Paddock Wood Community Centre must now wait to hear their fate.

Early plans, which have been passed by Paddock Wood Town Council, set out a vision to build a multi-use hub on Memorial Field to hold 300 people, which can be used for sport and by community groups.

It has been hailed as a ‘long overdue’ development and the council is now moving forward to RIBA Stage 3, a key stage of the planning process.

But critics have raised concerns about noise, lack of car parking spaces, flooding risks and a general lack of consultation.


A petition calling on Paddock Wood Town Council to abandon plans for the project has now received more than 350 online signatures and 470 paper signatures.

Wendy Morris presented the petition she started in a council meeting on Monday [August 20].

Further debate was not possible because by standard local government practice, seven days’ notice is required to add a discussion item to the agenda.

The authority’s chairman Cllr Meryl Flashman said it will now be on the agenda for the meeting on September 17.

Ms Morris said: ‘We are not against a Community Centre being built but feel this is the wrong location.’

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