Our Local Priorities & the Importance of the 2022 May 5th Elections


Above is a video message from Ben Chapelard, Tunbridge Wells Liberal Democrat PPC and council group leader



This May, after more than 20 years, the Conservatives, who are already in a minority, are likely to lose control of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

As the second-largest party on the council, the Liberal Democrats are going to focus on making our lovely town a place which we can all be proud of.  This is not going to be a quick fix, but we are all fed up with the decline of the town centre over the last two decades and we intend to make a reversal of this our particular priority.  We believe that with consultation, positive town centre plans and a concerted focus we can make a difference and reverse the decline in fortunes of Tunbridge Wells. 

More broadly, we have a clear set of policies and aims (Click Here) which are summarised by our "Six to Fix" below. 


Vibrant town centres and protecting the council’s finances.  (Click headings to see detailed plans)

Create vibrant, attractive and well planned towns and villages while balancing the books


Safer streets. 

Tunbridge Wells will have safer, more attractive streets where people can choose to walk or cycle, and vulnerable road users are protected 


Sustainability and the environment

Reduce the Council's carbon footprint and support residents in reducing their own carbon impact


Become an open and transparent council that truly listens

Ensure our consultation processes are constructive and allow for meaningful input from residents


Provide genuinely affordable housing

Work with partners to create a portfolio of sustainable, affordable housing for social rent


Enhance local democracy

Devolve more powers to the borough’s parish councils, where they are wanted and when legally possible

In addition to the "laser focus" on the town centre, we believe that this council needs to make greater effort on the more unglamorous but necessary tasks of running the local services well for its residents - waste collection & recycling, parks & community facilities, planning services and the ongoing maintenance of neglected council-owned facilities. It also needs to rightsize its operations to deliver these services efficiently and effectively. 

As Liberal Democrats, we believe that in order to make the improvements that residents are asking for, solutions need to work for all people from all backgrounds and in every part of the borough. Making genuine, lasting change needs people from all parties to work together. We pledge to listen, consult and collaborate to put residents first.  

Our councillors, currently 12 in number, work hard to represent the interests of their communities. We hope that with your support, our team will grow at the elections on 5 May so that we can run the borough with skill, energy and ideas.


With best wishes,


Councillor Ben Chapelard

Leader of the Opposition Tunbridge Wells Borough Council