Cinema Site Update

The Times of Tunbridge Wells recently reported that the Carlyle Group was in the final stages of an agreement to sell the site to site to developer, Bellhouse Joseph for development of a hotel. While there is speculation that negotiations have fallen through there may still be a deal in the offing.

The 1.3 acre site is reported to have been bought by the Carlyle Group for £9.9 million in 2011.

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Lib Dems celebrate huge vote surge in Southborough North by-election

Liberal Democrat campaigners in Tunbridge Wells and Southborough are celebrating a massive surge in support in Thursday’s by-election. The seat is one of the Conservatives’ safest in the Borough where they polled 60% of the vote this May. However, they hung on by just 49 votes from a strong Lib Dem campaign led by candidate Trevor Poile.

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Lib Dems want street lighting answers

Kent County Council has announced that it has plans to end its unpopular part-time lighting scheme introduced recently in our streets.

However, there is uncertainty as to when this will actually happen as the plan requires £40m to convert the street lights to low energy bulbs.

The Council does not yet have this money and it may take years to secure.

“Why didn’t the Council focus on getting the funding for these improvements earlier,” says Trevor Poile.

“With the money in place the street lights could have been upgraded without the need to switch off our lights after midnight.”

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