Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

A third of the seats in Tunbridge Wells were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

CON HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 12 Total councillors 41 Change-2

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 2 Total councillors 4 Change+1

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 2 ChangeNo results

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 1 Change+1
Councillors change compared with 2014

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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.

Political analysis of local elections in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells

Rajdeep Sandhu

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Kent

Polling station in Tunbridge Wells
BBC

Neither the Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats were confident in taking control of Maidstone council. It was a tight race with 22 councillors each.

As results started coming in fast, it became apparent quickly neither would get the numbers for an overall majority.

The Liberal Democrats were left disappointed while Conservatives were not only relieved to not lose seats but cheering and whooping at the three gains.

Maidstone is a committee system and now there will be talks as to who takes the helm.

The Conservatives as the largest party could take the leadership, but every councillor gets a vote on the leadership so they’ll need to get help from three councillors from other parties or the independents.

As predicted, Tunbridge Wells stayed blue.

But there was a shocking win for the new kids on the block - the Tunbridge Wells Alliance.

The Liberal Democrats also took a seat from the Conservatives and Labour held its seat.

The win from the new party shows the strength of feeling against plans to develop a new theatre and civic centre in the middle of the town.

Now the party has a seat, expect to hear much more about that development.

Conservatives hold Tunbridge Wells

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

The Conservative Party has held on to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council where a third of the seats were up for election.

It lost two seats - one to the Liberal Democrats and another to a new independent group, the Tunbridge Wells Alliance.

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