Council's Proposed £108 million New Town Hall Development Turned Down

Liberal Democrats led the way to a full council vote which turned down the proposed Town Hall complex on Calverley Grounds last night. 

In a full council vote, councillors voted 27 to 12 against the planned proposal which, to date, has cost Tunbridge Wells taxpayers over £10 million.

Activist, Angela Funnell, and Councillors James Rands and Ben Chapelard spoke against the proposal, citing the cost for future generations, the lack of planning and the flaws of the plan as reasons to reject it.

Ben Chapelard, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Council Group and Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, stated that the proposed Town Hall complex is the wrong project in the wrong place. He had particular objections to the underground car park and the fact that the theatre and office block would have been set on Calverley Grounds, a much loved park.

"This is not the time to be building additional car parks," he said. "This is the time to be encouraging public transport, walking and cycling in the borough. This is the wrong project in the wrong place."

Liberal Democrats continue to work on a cross party group to come up with alternative ideas to solve the issues around the Town Hall and the Assembly Hall Theatre.

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