The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Royal Tunbridge Wells
WHAT ELSE WAS OF INTEREST IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ? — IN 2007
Tunbridge Wells Common - www.friendsofthecommons.org.uk
Sale of the Commons and the Pantiles (the Manor of Rusthall)

23 October 2007 — The details about the sale had been published.
"The Commons Tenancy Schedule:
The Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Commons (250 acres) are protected from development and managed by the Commons Conservators with funding from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on behalf of the people of Tunbridge Wells. However the freehold of the Commons is now offered for sale by the current owners, The Trustees of the Manor of Rusthall, and prospective purchasers will be able to retain approximately two thirds of any income or capital receipts. The other one third share is payable to the Freehold Tenants.
The clients seek offers for the Commons, and the associated legal title of "Lord of the Manor of Rusthall", in excess of 850,000 pounds sterling."


6 August 2007 — "The historic colonnade would be sold separately from the Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Commons and the Lord of the Manor title. Sale agents for the Manor's trustees, Richard Ellis Ltd of London (John Symes-Thompson), said an informal guide price for the portfolio was £10 million." — Sarah Harrington, The Courier
Tunbridge Wells Heritage Open Days 6 - 9 September 2007 / Banners db2007

Participants in the Town Centre Neighbourhood of ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS:
Trinity Theatre & Arts Centre, Jordan House (68 London Road/corner Church Road), Assembly Hall, Town Hall, Museum & Library Vaults, Opera House, Guided Walk on the Common.

www.tunbridgewellsheritageopendays.org.ukTWHODs 2007 - Participants, Open Days and Times

Other venues in Royal Tunbrigde Wells and villages of the Borough:

Tunbridge Wells Heritage Open Days 6 - 9 September 2007

Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells
Announcement for Tue 17 - Sun 22 July 2007 (8pm and 3pm Sat/Sun matinees)


For the second time Tunbridge Wells Theatre Club will perform in Trinity Gardens:
The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, an hilarious adaptation by Dorothy Louise;
(actors: Stephen Upsall, David Meacham, Emma Doyle, Peter Emanuel, Derek Hollweg, Samantha Comfort;
director: Helen Tudball)

Trinity Theatre Club 17-22 July 2007 - Trinity Gardens


Outdoor Amenity, Open Spaces, Civic Spaces
— In 2005 we advised the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council that Green Spaces in the town centre have to be retained. We suggested the designation of an important Open Space in the RTW town centre: land surrounding Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre, Trinity House, The Priory, Hanover House and opposite the York Terrace (Nos. 6 - 14 York Road)
Reasons: — to safeguard the setting of the listed buildings; — to preserve amenity space for residents; — not to further damage this part of the Conservation Area.

call@telephonehouse.org.uk - Comments Based on the core principles of the Heritage White Paper: "encourage local authorities and local communities to identify and protect their local heritage"; "local desigenation provides a means for local communities to identify and to protect the buildings, sites and spaces that matter to them"; and especially the announced TWBC's Town Centre Action Plan (Master Plan) and the upcoming Local Development Framework / Core Strategy
. . . . . . we lobby, lobby, and lobby again that this part of the Conservation Area is finally safeguarded from ruthless speculation.

Le Tour de France through the Town Centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells during Le Tour de France 08 July 07 - empty flag poles, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells

How could the local organisers forget to hoist the flags during 'Le Tour'?
- no Tricolor, - no St Geoge's Cross, - no Kent County flag ! during Le Tour de France 08 July 07 - empty flag poles, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells
The Future of the Town Hall - call@telephonehouse.org.uk - Comments8 July 2007 — Everybody wants to know:
"What is the future of the Grade II Listed Building - the Town Hall in Royal Tunbridge Wells?"
former Habitat, Tunbridge Wells - closed 11 Feb 2007
Habitat - Mount Pleasant/York Road (closed since 11 Feb 2007)
Everybody asks: "What is the future of the Grade II Listed Building ?" link to info: Habitat closed on 11 February 2007

HABITAT and its neighbourhood in RTW - call@telephonehouse.org.uk - Comments We are extremely worried would any restaurant move into the former Habitat building, adjacent to the listed York Terrace. We have to rely on Robert Cottrill's (TWBC Director, Development/Planning) report that this empty site in the town centre is to remain in shopping use (06.02.2007).
A restaurant would be unsuitable and a high risk for this building and area.


See as example:
8 May 2007 — BBC News - Blaze fought at Elvis Restaurant (next door: Church of King Charles the Martyr, Chapel Place)

LDF Core Strategy - Event Record - RTW Camden Centre 06.03.07
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Local Development Framework — Core Strategy

"From here to 2026"

6 March 2007 — Event Record: Camden Centre Royal Tunbridge Wells
Workshop of 70 attendees, representing a wide range of organisations

Issues & Options stage is the first stage in the process of producing the Core Strategy which will:
- be visionary, not detailed;
- show broad locations for development, not specific sites;
- contaiin broad policies to deliver the development required.

Key Issues for the Core Strategy:
The need to provide 5,000 new homes by 2026;
The need to protect and enhance the natural environment;
Recognition that the high qualitty and built natural environment encourages tourrism expenditure.

LDF Core Strategy - Event Report - RTW Camden Centre 06.03.07

LDF Core Strategy Consultation Feb/March 2007
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Local Development Framework — Core Strategy
The Core Strategy will set out how, where and when all types of development will take place up to 2026

— Will our input be taken into consideration?


19 February 2007 - 2 April 2007 — The Telephone House Neighbours are asked to participate in the consultation.
The Borough Council will also be hosting an exhibition on the ‘Issues and Options’ report at the Royal Victoria Place (RVP), Royal Tunbridge Wells on Saturday 3 March 2007, 9am - 6pm.
TWBC - www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk / RTW Town Forum - www.townforum.org.ukTWBC Local Development Framework - Core Strategy - Consultation Draft - Feb/March 2006

link to submission/proposal: Environs of Trinity Trinity Garden and surrounding land
Autumn 2005 — Proposal: To keep the Green Open Space in the Town Centre


Consultation on Strategic Plan - THNA submission 12.02.07
Strategic Plan 2007-2010 — TWBC's approach to delivering its Corporate Priorities

12.02.2007 — Will our input be taken into consideration?

In 2005, the COUNCIL set itself CORPORATE PRIORITIES:

The Council will work in partnership to improve the quality of life for all who live, work, enjoy leisure time in the borough.
1. Promote and maintain a thriving and diverse local economy;
2. Care for our environment;
3. Have housing suitable for local people;
4. Develop safer and stronger communities.


Priority 2 - Care for our Environment
Protection and Enhancement of Local Character

Retaining the quality of open spaces, countryside, pleasant residential areas and the borough’s considerable heritage is important to residents and visitors alike.
The BOROUGH OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS contains part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, local nature reserves, as well as some 25 Conservation Areas covering 783 hectares, and 3,000 Listed Buildings.

Principally through our planning powers and management of our own countryside and open space estate, the Council will ensure the use of best practices to protect and enhance these areas.

Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre - Millineum Clock / Five Ways
Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Health Indicator Report

Ten key indicators are used to assess the health of the town centres of Royal Tunbridge Wells:
evening economy floorspace, retail floorspace, vacant retail property, footfall, retail yields, retail rents, retail sector employment, crime, transport and air quality.

Town Centre Health Indicator reports are produced each year for 17 town centres in Kent. The latest reports have been produced in January 2007 (data/information of 2001-2006). The report will be updated in January 2008.

Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre - Indicators Reports - Jan 2007
What else was of concern on in 2006? - The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Royal Tunbridge Wells
What else was of concern ? — in 2006

What else was of concern in 2006? - The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Royal Tunbridge Wells

The Telephone House Neighbours Association - The Telephone House Saga 1999-2005
What was going on ? — during 1999-2005

The Telephone House Debacle, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Improvement in the Town Centre, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Recent Improvements in the Neighbourhood


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