Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Election results for 2019

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Most Recent

Council leader defeated by protest party

Caitlin Webb

Local Democracy Reporter

The Conservative leader of Tunbridge Wells council has been defeated by a new party set up in protest to a multi-million pound development.

David Jukes lost out to Lucy Willis of the Tunbridge Wells Alliance (TWA) by more than 400 votes in a shock result.

TWA gained five seats in total which has been seen as a symbol of support against £90m plans for a theatre and council offices in Caverley Square.

Compulsory Purchase Orders for the project have been approved by planning inspectorate Graham Dudley due to a “compelling case in public interest”.

Chairman of the TWA, Bob Atwood, previously ran the council with the Conservatives before he was ousted in 2012.

He said the result illustrates how people are feeling "discontented" with their existing councillors, mostly because of the theatre project.

The Lib Dems also took five seats from the Conservatives. Despite losing 12 seats, the Tories have maintained control as only a third of the seats were up for grabs.

Third Tory council leader loses seat

A third Conservative council leader has lost his seat in Kent.

Swale Borough Council leader Andrew Bowles was defending his position on Boughton & Courtenay ward, where two seats were up for grabs. The Tories lost both to the Green Party.

Canterbury's Simon Cook lost his seat in Kent. And John Jukes, the Conservative head of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, was also eased out, falling to Lucinda Willis, of the Tunbridge Wells Alliance.

The Tories still have overall control, but with a majority slashed from 32 to eight as the alliance and other independents, together with the Liberal Democrats, made substantial gains.

Tories win seat after tied result in Tunbridge Wells

Drama at Tunbridge Wells, where they had to draw lots to determine the winner of the Paddock Wood West seat.

Conservative Matthew Bailey and Labour's Raymond Moon both received the same number of votes - 289 - but Mr Bailey was elected after the pair drew lots.

The Tories have regained control of the borough council, although not all results are yet in.

Canterbury council leader out but Tories still safe in Tunbridge Wells

The Conservatives, who have a healthy majority in Tunbridge Wells, have retained control of the council.

But Conservative Canterbury City Council leader Simon Cook has lost his seat.

The full result there is not expected until later.

New rubbish collections could have 'teething problems'

Caitlin Webb

Local Democracy Reporter

A new waste contractor has admitted there will be "teething problems" when their service begins.

Urbaser has been hired by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to collect wheelie bins from the road side.

The company would be taking over the street cleansing services from 1 March in Tonbridge and a month later at Tunbridge Wells, with around 99% of existing staff set to continue working for the service despite the change in employer.

Contract manager for Urbaser, Dan Dibdin, said: "We are aware it's a difficult period for the staff as it's a transition from one company to the next. We anticipate a few teething problems on the first week once we get those down, we intend to start moving forward to find ways to actually improve the contract."

Crackdown on careless bins

Caitlin Webb

Local Democracy Reporter

Residents in Tonbridge and Malling and Tunbridge Wells could be fined or sent to court for constantly leaving their wheelie bins on the road.

Wheelie bins
Urbaser

Collection will also be restricted to no further than 10 meters from where the rubbish truck passes on the road.

This is according to a council report, which was presented at Tonbridge and Malling Boroug Council's street scene and environment services advisory board on 11 February.

Wheelie bins
Urbaser

Dan Dibdin from the new contractor, Urbaser, said the staff will receive training and cameras will be installed on the vehicles to ensure regulations are met.

Urbaser has been hired by Tonbridge and Malling and Tunbridge Wells councils for a new service which includes collecting food waste, textiles and batteries from outside residents' homes.

Tunbridge Wells arts money bid

Caitlin Webb

Local Democracy Reporter

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has applied for a grant up to £7m from the Arts Council. It wants to use the money to show off the area and promote the local communities.

The funding comes from a mixture of central government and National Lottery funds.

It is part of the borough council's cultural strategy for Tunbridge Wells to be "nationally recognised for its cultural provision" by 2024.

Tunbridge Wells
Nigel Chadwick

Councils accused of charging for non-existent parking spaces

Lucy Vladev

Reporter, BBC South East Today

Councils in the South East are making thousands of pounds charging residents for permits even though there aren't enough spaces to park cars.