Civic Development - One Thing

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council wants to build new offices, a town hall and a theatre on the edge of Calverley Grounds. 

The Council would need to borrow £72 million which would need to be repaid over 50 years by cuts to local services and council tax rises. The final decision will be made on 6th December 2017.

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  • commented 2017-09-24 18:13:33 +0100
    This will ruin the atmosphere and look of the park significantly. Not to mention the money spent to do this. For a car park to pay this off in 50 years when we will have self driving cars by then and my kids will be in their sixties! The Town Hall and AH are fine locations and completely possible for a refurb to suit the needs of the council and theatre goers. This will ruin a park have grown up with, my kids too and will take away the quiet and beauty it offers to everyone, especially people on low incomes.
  • commented 2017-09-22 21:06:04 +0100
    It is hardly surprising that councillors who give them selves high pay rises when more important public service providers get little (nurses, fireman and police) wish to waste the money of the pore in the community (who can ill afford to go to the assembly hall) should be made to suffer again. What does surprise me more is that considering this town holds Royal status that most off the town is now in such a state of disrepair, such as bricks missing from footpaths and footpaths sinking yet not repaired caused in part because vehicles of all types and sizes are allowed to park on footpaths even though their is a law against driving on footpaths. If they bothered ticketing these drivers I am sure they could raise enough to update the existing rather than leave another eyesore abandoned building in Royal Tunbridge Wells. I wonder if the representatives of the Royal family would be happy to have their mark on such a dismal and uncaring place .
  • commented 2017-09-20 14:31:03 +0100
    Tunbridge Wells has a Town Hall and theatre, what it doesn’t have are enough social housing, care workers to assist the frail elderly, and well maintained roads without potholes. Get your priorities right TWBC
  • commented 2017-09-15 18:48:24 +0100
    I would sell off the whole Civic Centre and theatre site for as much money as possible and build huge Decimus Burton style luxury flats on the site. I would do the same with the cinema site subject to the engineering difficulties caused by the rail tunnel being overcome. If there is a Council Gateway in town then all back office activities could be moved outside the town, perhaps North Farm or Paddock Wood. I am sure many council employees would prefer to work from home via email. I would close the theatre and leave the shopping centre alone.
  • commented 2017-09-15 18:23:38 +0100
    I will NOT be paying higher community charges to pay for Conservative Luxury Offices, AND reduced services. This Conservative Council is a local disease the TW residents can well do without!!!
  • commented 2017-09-15 15:27:16 +0100
    I think this is a total waste of money- our money! We do not need more offices when there are offices vacant in the town. We have spent thousands on refurbishing the Assembly Hall – now they want to build a bigger theatre. It would be interesting to know how many performances the current building was full! Finally to borrow millions when the current facilities could be updated for a fraction of the cost is madness. So many services are being cut – borrow money to maintain these and give the residents a better quality of life
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  • commented 2017-09-14 08:15:58 +0100
    With many empty retail units in town, not just in the shopping centre, and the shops only really busy before Christmas, this does not seem like a good use of funds, if other services have to be cut. The existing shopping centre is a nice clean birght airy space. There is nothing wrong with it, except the empty stores.
  • commented 2017-09-13 16:46:32 +0100
    The town is visibly in need of street repairs, pavement repairs and incentives to local businesses. Homelessness and littering are more visible every day.

    The town needs essential social, health and rescue services protected.

    Due to unreasonable rates and rents, shops and businesses are closing to the detriment of the local reputation and status as a desirable place to live and as a tourist destination.

    The Council neglects essential maintenance of residential areas. The pavements are treacherous and there are potholes in the roads.

    Council should not be abusing our funds on a totally unnecessary venture that will not bring prestige to the town, merely create yet another ugly, soulless, redundant, irrelevant centre of suburban mediocrity. It will not be a centre of artistic excellence or attract tourists.

    The historic architecture and green spaces of Tunbridge Wells already provide cultural distinction.

    The Council should concentrate on what sustains the individual character and history of the town, and the basic needs of the population, not feather its own nest through dodgy development deals.

    It is out of touch and inefficient.
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  • commented 2017-08-06 15:18:16 +0100
    I am concerned that public services will be further cut to pay for this development. Far from being the “honey pot” that conservatives suggest, we have serious problems, particularly when it comes to social housing with people waiting 18-24 month or more.
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