Calls for fresh ideas for key site

After more than 14 years of denials, Conservatives running the council have given in to Lib Dem demands and used their powers to get the cinema site demolished.

Liberal Democrats in Tunbridge Wells have gathered thousands of signatures from local people who are fed up with inaction and broken promises on the town centre eyesore.

Senior Conservatives claimed that there was nothing they could do about it, but eventually made a dramatic u-turn and used the powers that Lib Dems had demanded.

“It’s been a long time coming, but we’re delighted to have finally got some progress.” says Lib Dem council group leader, David Neve.

“Like all local residents I was getting sick and tired of hearing endless Conservative excuses for failure.

“It may be long-overdue, but at least they’ve finally listened to common sense for once.”

Despite this victory local Liberal Democrats are keeping their feet on the ground as there are still no plans to build anything on the site.

Local Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner, James MacCleary, adds: “We’ve been out on the streets week in week out speaking to ordinary, local people and the message is the same - enough is enough.

“The Conservatives have been failing us locally for too long and no-one believes they will actually get the site developed.

“We want to make sure that the site can once again be used by the public. Some early suggestions have included a temporary pop-up park for the site.

“It is clear that there is lots of work still to do, but we won’t give up and will continue to get out there gathering signatures and keeping up the pressure.”

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