The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Royal Tunbridge Wells
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Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Neighbourhood
Cinema site - RTW Top 'Grot Spot'- as seen from opposite, from the Town Hall's roof
Royal Tunbridge Wells' top grot spot

14 August 2011 — Concept for cinema site regeneration - A GRAND PLAN: Cllr David Jukes - "I can’t see any positive progress being made unless the council takes control" (7 August 2011) and "Cultural hub plans welcomed to improve cinema grot spot" (14 August 2011)

Cinema site - Royal Tunbridge Wells Top Grot Spot - Your Tunbridge Wells / Kent News - Jenna Pudelek

The cinema is empty for , - since December 2000.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council - LOCAL - newsletter
Civic Complex

10 July 2011 — The Council's quarterly Newsletter, summer 2011 - LOCAL - informs TW citizens about the report on the Civic Complex Consultation (CULTURE - CIVIC - PUBLIC SERVICES - LEISURE - RETAIL - TRANSPORT - ARCHITECTURE - CONCLUDING REMARKS / QUESTIONAIRE RESPONSES)
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Have your say on "Core Strategy Review Consultation" (not site specific)

From 16 May 2011 to 26 June 2011 — Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is consulting on a strategic planning policy document, the Core Strategy Review.

Briefing Note and Documents and supporting information
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom2011

20 April 2011 — Start planting!

After the successful launch in 2010, Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom competitions will take place again in 2011. There are different ways to contribute, donate, participate, sponsor, support, volunteer and especially - enter the competition until end of June 2011!
Two weeks earlier than last year, planting day in the Victoria Place Precinct will be Saturday 14 May 2011, 10am.
Again this year, Salomons will host and cater for the awards presentation of the various "BEST" categories on Friday 30 September 2011, 3pm. The SCHOOLS awards presentation will take place this year at Trinity on Wednesday 21 September 2011, 4pm.

www.royaltunbridgewellsinbloom.org.uk - website & logo Daniel Bech / 2010
Neighbourhood Planning Proposals

4 March 2011 — Decentralisation minister Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells, has told Parliament he is considering setting a higher minimum figure for participants in the new neighbourhood plan making regime. The minister explained that those criteria would be set out as the Localism Bill progresses and told MPs "... it is clear, however, that local planning authorities will have the final say in designating the areas".
CABE - Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment - www.cabe.org.uk - Public Space
The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and the Design Council

17 February 2011 — The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and the Design Council will merge on 1 April 2011. The new organisation will provide a one-stop shop for design support and advice to industry and communities as well as central and local government. This move follows an agreement reached by the two bodies and Government. CABE’s design review service, which provides expert advice to councils, developers and communities through reviews of major proposed projects, will continue at a national and local level.
Grant Shapps, Housing Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government said: "The design of a neighbourhood can have a significant and substantial impact on the quality of life of its residents. Design can prevent crime and anti-social behavior, help restore local pride in an area, and ensure that area remains an attractive place for people to live and bring up their families for generations."

call@telephonehouse.org.uk - Comment Public Spaces — By the time the Victorian embarked on their huge house building projects it was understood that open spaces were vital in keeping the value of property up and in keeping the middles classes rooted in the neighbourhood link to info: Cabe - Public Spaces - August 2008
Localism Bill - Guide - Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles and Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark
Localism Bill

25 January 2011 — The Government’s Localism Bill, which includes major reform of the planning system, has received its second reading in the Commons on Monday 19 January 2011. The legislation will now be scrutinised by a committee of MPs starting on 25 January. It includes plans to reform the Infrastructure Planning Commission, abolish regional spatial strategies and introduce neighbourhood plans and the New Homes Bonus arrangements.
KoS 19.12.2010 - Greg Clark, MP - Minister for Decentralisation "A plain English guide to Localism Bill"
Pitcher Piano - environmental issues / street scene improvement required - Meeting TWBC / RTW TownForum 23.09.2009
Pitcher & Piano (Marston's Inns and Taverns Ltd)
- Noise Nuisance


4 January 2011 — At today's Licensing Hearing in the Town Hall's Council Chamber, Pitcher & Piano, Church Road, announced a telephone contact number for complainants:
Pitcher & Piano directly: 01892 510555.

Various conditions were read out including:
A Noise Management Plan will be submitted to the TWBC Environmental Protection Unit; the external area to the front of the premises will close to members of the public at 23:00 (on evenings when the rear external area is in operation the front external area will close at 22:00); further the conservatory doors and windows are kept closed at all times after 23.00 hours and the kitchen extract is switched off at 21.30 hours (part of the historical Public Entertainment Licence).
The noisy early morning (5 - 6am) refuse collection of bottles was raised again; as a commitment to resolve issues with residents the management of Pitcher & Piano will look into this issue and find a solution with Biffa.

TWBC Licence Sub-Committee granted the application and Interested Parties and Responsible Authorities were reminded that they may apply for a review of this licence.
2011

1 January 2011 — "We want to give citizens, communities and local government the power and information they need to come together, solve the problems and build the Britain they want. We want society – the families, networks, neighbourhoods and communities that form the fabric of so much of our everyday lives – to be bigger and stronger than ever before. Only when people and communities are given more power and take more responsibilty can we achieve fairness and opportunity for all."
Conservatives/Lib Dems Coalition Government - May 2010
Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Neighbourhood - THNA 2010
2010
The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Royal Tunbridge Wells - db
Festive Season in Royal Tunbridge Wells

December 2010 — The Christmas Lights in Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre were switched on during early evening of Thursday 18 November 2010 in conjunction with the arrival of Santa and Christmas Tree switch-on at Royal Victoria Place at 6.00pm. The Town Centre, Royal Victoria Place and other shops in the area will be open for late night shopping on each Thursday before Christmas and everyday in the last week before Christmas. Christmas Market in the Pantiles will be held on Sat, Su 4, 5 December and 18, 19 December 2010.
Royal Tunbridge Wells photowalk xmas 2010
tunbridge wells town centre xmas photowalk

17 December 2010 — A special Christmas walk on 29 December 2010, the Wednesday between Christmas and New Year. The photowalk will start at noon from the Divinity Café (at the Trinity Theatre) and end at 3pm at Sankeys on Mount Ephraim; organised by the Tunbridge Wells Twuttlers & Twuddlers (www.twuttle.com).
Winning picture (16 February 2011) was in the category 'This Makes me Mad': a Grot Spot, a bench on the Common.
Launch of Localism Bill - Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles and Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark
Launch of Localism Bill

13 December 2010 — The Localism Bill was presented to Parliament by Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles and Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark

Summary of the Bill
To make provision about the functions and procedures of local and certain other authorities; to make provision about the functions of the Local Commission for Administration in England; to enable the recovery of financial sanctions imposed by the Court of Justice of the European Union on the United Kingdom from local and public authorities; to make provision about local government finance; to make provision about town and country planning, the Community Infrastructure Levy and the authorisation of nationally significant infrastructure projects; to make provision about social and other housing; to make provision about regeneration in London; and for connected purposes.
KoS 19.12.2010 - Greg Clark, MP - Minister for Decentralisation Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells, Minister for Decentralisation

(KoS - Jenna Pudelek - 19.12.2010)
Cinema site - RTW Top 'Grot Spot'- as seen from opposite, from the Town Hall's roof
Royal Tunbridge Wells'
top grot spot
- for 10 years!


5 December 2010 —
"EPIC SAGA OF CINEMA SALE RUNS INTO 2011"

Again during 2010 - NO DEMOLITION of
the former ABC Cinema,
10-15 Ritz Building Church Road,
shops 51-67 Mount Pleasant.



For one whole year we saw Rydell Properties' blue hoarding (with some historical prints). The brick pavement was not left in full width for the public; it is not pedestrian-friendly!

Cinema site - Royal Tunbridge Wells Top Grot Spot
The cinema is empty for , - since December 2000.
Tunbridge Wells Regeneration Company: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council / John Laing
"The Future of the Civic Centre Site in Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre

1 December 2010 — "Do not assume decisions are made. Do not assume others will voice your opinion.
Do not assume change must be bad. Do open your mind. Do get involved. Do make sure you make your voice heard, for buildings you finance and for the future of your town." — Chris Britcher.

The Tunbridge Wells Regeneration Company [ www.tunbridgewellsregenerationco.org ] is a joint venture set up by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and developer John Laing. It has hired independent consultation experts M & N Communications conducting surveys, holding workshops and seminars from now until the end of January.

The consultation's questionnaire : Questionnaire - The Future of the Civic Centre Site in Royal Tunbridge Wells

Newsletter Nov/Dec 2010 - TW Regeneration Company
Woodbury Park Cemetery, Royal Tunbridge Wells - www.fwpc.org.uk/db2007
History - Trinity, Church Road/York Road

24 November 2010 — "Canon Edward Hoare, the Protestant pontiff at Holy Trinity, Tunbridge Wells" — an illustrated talk by the Friends of Woodbury Park Cemetery at the Camden Centre, originally announced for Friday 3 December 2010, at 19:30, but due to the heavy snow forecast postponed to Friday 4 March 2011.
Pitcher Piano - environmental issues / street scene improvement required - Meeting TWBC / RTW TownForum 23.09.2009
Pitcher & Piano - Church Road

2 November 2010 — Pitcher & Piano - Noise Nuisance

The Licensing Hearing for Thursday 4 November 2010 has been yet again postponed to Tuesday 4 January 2011 at 9.30am (Town Hall Council Chamber). The reason for postponing the meeting is due to a delay in the applicants getting the acoustic items for the screening works to the Pitcher and Piano.

In January 2010 objections concerning the noise issues of Pitcher & Piano were raised.
Noise: Pitcher and Piano’s customers surely contribute a lot to the disturbances during night time in the surrounding residential areas. This should be considered when reviewing this planning application and we agree with the environmental officer that outside serving of food and drinks should be limited to 9:00 pm or earlier.
Music - Noise: A condition would need to be set that no music is allowed in the outside areas and that the level of inside music is such that it is not being used to entertain outside guests by its sheer volume. At present the bass of music playing at P&P can be heard inside houses of the neighbouring area – not only in the townhouses of Belvedere Terrace, Church Road, but as well up to York Road ( even after midnight )
Ismail Coffee/Tea - former Congregational Church, Tunbridge Wells
Announcement — Christmas Carol Singing


October 2010 — Carol Singing with the Matchbox Opera Company on Saturday 18 December 2010 (2pm – 4pm) outside of the former Congregational Church; sponsored by Ismail Coffee & Tea (corner of Mount Pleasant/York Road).
Royal Tunbridge Wells Regeneration debate - KOS / Kent on Saturday-Sunday
RTW Town Centre Regeneration

3 October and 9 October 2010 — Residents' questions answered by Roy Bullock (TWBC Leader), William Benson (TWBC Chief Executive), Tracy Moore (TWBC Cllr - Regeneration/Development), Martin Wilson (Police Chief Inspector) concerning the Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Regeneration (Civic Buildings: Town Hall, Assembly Hall, Museum, Library, Adult Education Centre, Police Station).
Ward Walks in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells - in 2010
Ward Walks in Culverden
(west side - cinema/station side of Mount Pleasant) in the town centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells
September 2010 — Councillors, Council staff and representative of key agencies spoke to 145 households in various roads across the ward of Culverden in June 2010.
Residents liked the convenient location to the centre of town but also to London, the countryside and the south coast.
Top 5 services that needed improving: parking, leisure and recreation facilities, planning and development, traffic congestion, other issues.
Top 5 key issues: planning and development, traffic congestion, road maintenance, parking, traffic calming and road safety.
Culverden Ward Walk - June 2010 - report Report: Culverden Ward Walk - June 2010
www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk - LDF Core Strategy - Consultation Portal
Tunbridge Wells Borough Local Development Framework
— Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Area Action Plan
August 2010 — Questions/Answers - RTW Town Centre Area Action Plan and Allocations DPD

Comments - Katharina Mahler-Bech, 20.08.2010

Comments - Tim Pendry, 22.08.2010
Greg Clark, MP - 'Minister for People Power
Garden grabbing concerns


5 August 2010 - Concerns over the dramatic increase in the number of 'gardens grabbed' for development in the last 12 years: the percentage of new homes built on previously residential land - which includes back gardens - has increased to 25 per cent, up 14 percentage points since 1997, when only one in ten homes was built on similar land.

Last month, Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark changed the planning rules to give councils new powers to prevent unwanted garden grabbing by taking gardens out of the brownfield category that includes derelict factories and disused railway sidings. It will dramatically transform councils' ability to prevent unwanted development on gardens where local people object and protect the character of their neighbourhoods.
The new Government recognises the concerns that some people have about the loss of gardens, and is amending Planning Policy Statement 3 (PPS3) to remove gardens from the classification of 'previously developed land'.
News from Communities and Local Government 30 July 2010 - Land Use Change Statistics
Royal Tunbridge Wells Regeneration debate - KOS / Kent on Saturday-Sunday 01.08.2009 - Jenna Pudelek
RTW Town Centre Regeneration

1 August 2010 — "Do you care?" . . . and everybody can "join the debate"!

Special Report of KoS / Tunbridge Wells on Saturday-Sunday — kosmedia / Jenna Pudelek - 01/08/2010:
"Under Question: The Future of RTW Town Centre"
RTW town centre cinema debate /db2004 RTW Town Centre Cinema Debate in 2004
www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk - LDF Core Strategy - The Town Centres Area Action Plan Development Plan Document and the Allocations Development Plan Document
Royal Tunbridge Wells - The Town Centre Area Action Plan Development Plan Document
11 July 2010 — Consultations on "The Town Centre Area Action Plan Development Plan" and "The Allocations Development Plan" and "The Transport Strategy" are held from 14 June 2010 to 30 August 2010.

The designation of an important Open Space will be submitted again: Trinity & Environs — an essential part of the cultural life of the Town Centre, the future of which needs to be secure, together with its important green setting and surrounding open spaces.
link to - Environs of Trinity / Green Open Space - March 2009 Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Area Action Plan: Trinity & Environs - March 2009

DO PARTICIPATE and complete the questionnaires! - It is in the interests of all; it is not just for the current period, it is looking at the mid term and at least towards 2026!

Royal Tunbridge Wells Consultation Pack - TCAAP and Borough Transport Strategy
Trinity and Environs - RTW Master Plan
Trinity Theatre — The Importance Of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy


9 July 2009 — The play will be performed by TTC (Trinity's Amateur Theatre Company) inside the Theatre, whilst Trinity Gardens will be transformed into a "Victorian Summer Garden". Pimms and high tea will be served from one hour before each performance, or bring your own pre-show picnic to enjoy in this lovely setting!
- from Tue 20 July 2009 (evenings) to Sun 25 July 2009 (3pm)
Greg Clark, MP - 'Minister for People Power
The Decentralisation and Localism Bill


4 July 2010 - The new legislation has outlined a number of proposals to empower local authorities and citizens through increased decentralisation e.g. introducing directly elected mayors and police commissioners; devolving the financial powers of local government; increasing transparency and letting local citizens choose the organisational structure of their local council; maximising the role of the Third Sector in delivering public services; creating a Big Society Bank, which will provide neighbourhood groups, charities and social enterprises with sustainable funding; empowering neighbourhood groups to take over local amenities.
Greg Clark MP for Tunbridge Wells is the Minister for Decentralisation.
News from Communities and Local Government News from Communities and Local Government
Ward Walks in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells
SAFER AND STRONGER COMMUNITIES - Ward Walks in Culverden
(west side - cinema/station side of Mount Pleasant) in the town centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells
7 June 2010 — As part of the Ward Walks in the Borough - a six-year programme which started in 2007 - this year's ward walk will be arranged during June 2010 (Wed.9 June 10am-2pm, Th.10 June 1.30pm-5pm, Sat.12 June 10am-12, Mo.14 June 1.30pm-5pm, Tu.15 June 4.15pm-7.15pm, Th.17 June 4.15pm-7.15pm, Fr.18 June 10am -12) for Culverden Ward (Councillors Ronen Basu, John Miller, Leonard Price) to interview residents face to face about local issues.

The ward walk for Park Ward, east side of Mount Pleasant (inc. Monson, Calverley Road), is scheduled for 2013/14; Pantiles/St.Mark's of RTW is scheduled for 2012/13.
York Road - beginning 1900
York Road

— Why are we not informed by Civic Society regarding a survey they claim to have done about our neighbourhood?


30 May 2010 — The Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society alleges,
"it is committed to the development and improvement of Tunbridge Wells as well as its protection and preservation. Active in campaigning on issues affecting the character of the town and the rights of citizens to participate in decisions about its future". . . . .
— if that were the case we would not need to raise so many issues!

Alastair Tod: "On behalf of the Council we have just completed a survey of the York Road/ Dudley Road area to control front garden parking."
Tim Pendry: "This territory, from the top of Mount Ephraim down to Church Road (including Lime Hill, Dudley and York Roads), is treated by the Council and (on the evidence of the interview TWPeople/Civic Society) by the Civic Society as if it does not exist."

call@telephonehouse.org.ukWhy does Civic Society not even inform the neighbourhood about their survey and its results which might affect us?

www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk - LDF Core Strategy - The Town Centres Area Action Plan Development Plan Document and the Allocations Development Plan Document
Royal Tunbridge Wells - Typical Urban Character Area Appraisal
28 May 2010 — As part of the Tunbridge Wells Borough Local Development Framework the Council published the Typical Urban Character Area Appraisal for Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Consultation on "The Town Centres Area Action Plan Development Plan" and "The Allocations Development Plan" will commence on 14 June 2010.

TWBC - RTW typical urban characer area appraisal - TUCAA 04.2009
..
Local Councillors Election and Member of Parliament Election

13 May 2010 - Re-elected Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark will be the Minister of State for Decentralisaion within the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

Introduced by the MP, Archie Norman - who supported the community during the Telephone House debacle - to the RTW Town Centre Neighbourhood, Greg Clark has been
- MP for Tunbridge Wells, since May 2005
- Member of Public Accounts Committee, 2005-2006
- Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprise and Volunteering, 2006-2008
- Shadow Minister for Teesside, 2006-May 2010
- Shadow Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, 2008-May 2010
The Courier - Greg Clark, MP - 'Minister for People Power Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells - "Minister for People Power" -

Minister of State for Communities and Local Government spoke to the Courier at his offices in London
(The Courier - Mary Harris - Friday 21.05.2010)
RTW Town Centre Open Space - Environs of Trinity
Environs of Trinity - Town Centre Amenity

19 April 2010 — Planning Application 10/00454 proposes a "new outside seating area on the corner of Mount Pleasant Road and Church Road", - this is the open space next to the Priory, with a public bench, a litter bin & an information drum about Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Additionally plans were submitted concerning the building occupied by Hawkshead (71-75 Mount Pleasant Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1PX) - "change of use of ground floor from retail to part retail delicatessen, food servery and cafe seating; first floor change of use from retail area to food preperation, storage, wc's and further seating".

TWBC Planning Department granted permission with conditions that the development preserves the special character and appearance of the Conservation Area.

Announcement by Hawkshead Outdoor and Country Clothing (71-73 Mount Pleasant):
closure on 25 May 2010.

"Our open spaces, parks, streets, town centres and village greens are great assets; they form the heart of our communities; they should be places where we can all be proud and confident."

Local Authorities' new powers to impose levy on developers to fund green infrastructure
Community Infrastructure Levy as of 6 April 2010

2 April 2010 — Developers should be required to make a greater contribution to improving the sustainability of communities in climate change adaptation, according to the parliamentary environmental audit committee which published the report "Adapting to Climate Change". It highlighted the possibility for local authorities to use a new Government Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) to gain income from developers that can be used for creating green elements such as parks, green spaces, cultural and sports facilities. The CIL comes into force on 6 April and local authorities will be empowered, but not required, to levy the charge on new developments. The rates will be set locally to reflect the need for new infrastructure and will apply to new builds over 100sq m internal floor space, as well as additional floor space added in redevelopments. The report urged the Government to encourage all local authorities to use income from the CIL to fund climate change adaptation work. — Horticulture Week / Communities and Local Government
RTW Town Centre Open Space - Environs of Trinity
Trinity - Art and Culture in Royal Tunbridge Wells

31 March 2010 — TUNBRIDGE WELLS BOROUGH COUNCIL GRANTS £390,590 to 18 local charitable groups.

The decision to award these grants came from 3 March’s cabinet meeting, in which members review recommendations from the Community Grants Scheme, for 33 organisations. The groups range in size and style and the funding has been allocated accordingly. Larger grants were awarded to Tunbridge Wells Citizens’ Advice Bureaux, Trinity Theatre and Tunbridge Wells Age Concern; smaller grants were awarded to community groups like the Tunbridge Wells Volunteer Centre, TW International Music Festival.

Cabinet noted that although the current economic circumstances were placing pressure on budgets, the Council would continue to assist voluntary and community organisations with projects that help to achieve the Borough Council’s corporate priorities and contribute to the borough Sustainable Communities Plan and other key strategies.

The two largest approved grants and amounts:

Tunbridge Wells Citizens’ Advice Bureaux £199,000
Trinity Theatre £88,000

 

Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Walk

4 March 2010 — Note of the Town Centre walk to point out problem areas in the neighbourhood:
neighbourhood issues in RTW Town Centre around Trinity and the Fiveways area
Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom — Bloom is back in Royal Tunbridge Wells in 2010
www.royaltunbridgewellsinbloom.org.uk - website & logo Daniel Bech / 2010

. . . and that's what happened last time: Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom 2003
Judge for Yourself - Gold: - York Road
Best Street - Silver: - York Road
Best Large Front Garden - Gold: 33 York Road (Margaret Naylor)
Best Large Front Garden - Highly Commended: York Road/corner London Road (Emma Cox)

Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom 2003   Royal Tunbridge Wells in Bloom 2003 — "Historical and Interesting Views of Tunbridge Wells"
http://www.communities.gov.uk/communities/neighbourhoodrenewal/antisocialbehaviour/
Communities Secretary calls for Community Champions
to tackle anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhoods


February 2010 — Anti-social behaviour problems are e.g. nuisance neighbours, dog fouling, graffiti, fly-posting, groups causing harassment and intimidation, reckless driving of mini-motorbikes, fly-tipping, litter, abandoned vehicles, street drinking, prostitution / kerb crawling, vandalism, fireworks misuse.
Tunbridge Wells anti-social behaviour coordinator is Terry Hughes (terry.hughes@tunbridgewells.gov.uk, 01892 526121)
www.lovewherewelive.co.uk
Love Where We Live —
to enhance and promote communitey pride in Tunbridge Wells


February 2010 — Tunbridge Wells Together - Sustainable Community Strategy 2010 - 2026
Consultation Draft — any comments until 16 April to Community & Corporate Planninng, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
RTW Town Centre Open Space - Use of Trinity Garden in a different way: start of Lantern Parade 2010
Environs of Trinity
RTW Town Centre Amenity


13 February 2010
— Trinity Garden used in a different way:
Meeting Point and Lantern Collection Point.
The Lantern Parade (Chinese New Year - The Tiger) started at Trinity and moved through the town centre (Fiveways and Precinct), and down Camden Road, finishing at St Barnabas Primary School.
Pitcher Piano - environmental issues / street scene improvement required - Meeting TWBC / RTW TownForum 23.09.2009
Pitcher & Piano - Church Road

January 2010 — Pitcher & Piano - planning application TW/09/03811 - front area (environmental issues / streetscene)

Noise: Pitcher and Piano’s customers surely contribute a lot to the disturbances during night time in the surrounding residential areas. This should be considered when reviewing this planning application and we agree with the environmental officer that outside serving of food and drinks should be limited to 9:00 pm or earlier.
Music - Noise: A condition would need to be set that no music is allowed in the outside areas and that the level of inside music is such that it is not being used to entertain outside guests by its sheer volume. At present the bass of music playing at P&P can be heard inside houses of the neighbouring area – not only in the townhouses of Belvedere Terrace, Church Road, but as well up to York Road ( even after midnight )
Food Outlet Smell: Further, there were many reports from members of the Town Forum during the past years about inadequate ventilation of food outlets in the town centre. A restaurant style outside barbeque will just simply produce a stench in the whole area unless of course odour neutralising canopies are used over the cooking area. This should be a condition.
Bin Area - Noise/Streetscene: The awful looking bin area on the east side (cinema site) of the building is left un-tackled. It is not unusual for staff of Pitcher Piano to do bottling in late night hours. This is a great nuisance to the residents. The bins so close to food preparation could become a health issue. The bin area would need to be reviewed.
Landscaping - Planning/Streetscene: Accepting that there is a vague attempt to do a bit of landscaping, but having witnessed over the years that plants are not watered and are left dried out and decayed for many months, we feel that this planning application will not make up for the environmental nuisance to the community. Condition would be needed that plants are maintained for the streetscene during the whole year.
Kent County Council / KCC - Winter Salting Routes - MAP
Winter Salting Routes in Royal Tunbridge Wells



4 January 2010 — Priority roads (about a third of the Kent's network - about 1,500 miles of road) are salted by Kent County Council. Kent Highway Services have 66 salting lorries working on the county's main roads; the salting operation covers 53 primary routes (A and B class roads, busy commuter routes and danger spots).
The motorways and trunk roads are salted by the Highways Agency.

MAP - Winter Salting Routes in KENT / Borough of Tunbridge Wells / Royal Tunbridge Wells and Town Centre:

Kent County Council - Winter Salting Routes - MAP
www.kent.police.uk - West Kent
Tunbridge Wells Urban Neighbourhood Policing Team

January 2010 — Police Constables (PC) and Police Community Support Officers (PCSO)
Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre / Urban Neighbourhood Policing Team: Inspector Simon Wilshaw, Sergeant Diane Webster — Culverden Ward: PC Gavin Russell, PCSO Claire Cockburn
Tel: 01892 502104 / 01892 502001 - e-mail: tunbridgewellsnhp@kent.pnn.police.uk
Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Neighbourhood - THNA 2009
2009
Cinema site - RTW Top 'Grot Spot'- as seen from opposite, from the Town Hall's roof
Royal Tunbridge Wells'
top grot spot


5 December 2009 —
"CINEMA PLEDGE BREACHED!"

During 2009 - NO DEMOLITION of
the former ABC Cinema,
10-15 Ritz Building Church Road,
shops 51-67 Mount Pleasant.

Only an ugly blue hoarding - far too short to cover the grot and after 4 months still without the promised historical prints - was erected by Rydell Properties (Joe O'Donovan - Lordland Europe and Panter Hudspith Architects).
The brick pavement is not left in full width until the real demolition starts; it is not pedestrian-friendly!

Cinema site - Royal Tunbridge Wells Top Grot Spot
The cinema is empty for , - since December 2000.
www.townforum.org.uk
Environmental and Highways issues
affecting the streetscene / streetscape of Royal Tunbridge Wells


November 2009 — Following the Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Forum Meeting (30 July 2009 - issues: Royal Tunbridge Wells Conservation Area at Risk, detractors in Royal Tunbridge Wells, problems blighting Royal Tunbridge Wells, grot spots) - the Leader of the Council, Cllr Roy Bullock, arranged the first meeting (23 Sept 2009) with Councillors and Borough Council Officers to present the Town Forum’s concerns of the numerous environmental issues affecting the streetscene / streetscape of Royal Tunbridge Wells and the second meeting (4 Nov 2009) with Kent County Council Officers to present the Town Forum’s concerns of the multiple Highways issues affecting the streetscene / streetscape of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Environmental issues affecting the streetscene / streetscape of Royal Tunbridge Wells
TWBC / RTW Town Forum Meeting - ppt 23.09.09/db

Highways issues affecting the streetscene / streetscape of Royal Tunbridge Wells
Kent Highways Services / TWBC / RTW Town Forum Meeting - ppt 04.11.09/db
KCC - Zone C Residents Parking Tunbridge Wells 2008
Changes to Parking Zone C - Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre (Culverden ward / partially Park)
October 2008 — finally, the planned date for the implementation is 7 November 2009
"- residents will be able to obtain 2 permits per household and visitor permits
- restrictions will be changed to permit holders only between 5pm to 8pm"


In the evening, after 6pm (4pm on Su.), and during the night, until 8am (10am on Su.), the town's car parks are FREE !
(Grade II listed) Summerhill House, 73 London Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Summerhill House - 73 London Road

September 2009 — Again, since January 2008 (planning application by Sion Holdings Ltd - conversion into flats), nothing has happened with one of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Forum's Top Grot Spots! —
Top 10 RTW Eyesores (11/2005, re-visited 10/2006)

call@telephonehouse.org.uk - Questions As the listed building is empty for more than a decade
neighbours ask whether the Council has issued
— a Repair Notice (Section 48 - Planning Act 1990 [Listed/Conservation Areas]) ?
— an Urgent Works Notice (Section 54) ?



Information on an empty property in the town Royal Tunbridge Wells
Report an Empty Property - The Kent Empty Property Initiative: www.no-use-empty.org

2008 — Around 1,400 homes in West Kent are known to be empty for six months or longer
(460 in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells, about 600 across Sevenoaks district, 288 in Tonbridge/Malling)
Tunbridge Wells Heritage Open Days 10 - 13 September 2009
audit commission - external inspections
Audit Commission to probe Town Hall 'boomerang bosses'
27 August 2009 — Communities Secretary John Denham has announced a review to examine how Town Hall chief officers are being allowed to walk off with big pay-offs after falling out with the council's political leadership.

Communities Secretary John Denham asks Audit Commission to probe Town Hall 'boomerang bosses'
'Seven deadly sins' ruining town, Royal Tunbridge Wells - Courier 21.08.2009
21 August 2009 — ‘Seven deadly sins’ ruining Royal Tunbridge Wells


Royal Tunbridge Wells Conservation Area (made up of 11 character areas) at Risk of neglect, decay, damaging changes to streetscape / streetscene. The 'seven deadly sins' threaten to destroy forever the image of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

'Seven deadly sins' ruining town, Royal Tunbridge Wells - Courier 21.08.2009
Royal spa town's battle over a very modern mess - KOS Media 16.08.2009
16 August 2009 — "Royal town told to clean up a very modern mess"


Royal Tunbridge Wells Conservation Area at Risk of neglect, decay, damaging changes to streetscape / streetscene.

call@telephonehouse.org.ukWhat is the possible impact on: — local economy — house prices — tourism – community?


Royal spa town's battle over a very modern mess - Kent News 16.08.2009
English Heritage - heritage sites at risk 23 June 2009
Royal Tunbridge Wells Conservation Area at Risk


Among the Conservation Areas at Risk 2009 in the South East:
Local Authority: Tunbridge Wells
Name of conservation areas at risk: Royal Tunbridge Wells

Of the 25 Conservation Areas in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells,
the only one that is at Risk - is the one of the town Royal Tunbridge Wells.


Keeping our Conservation Areas in a condition of which we can all be proud is not just the job of the Conservation Officer. Everyone must work together, the community and the council as a whole. Article 4 Directions need local community backing and dealing with streets and open spaces should involve all parts of the council from its Highways Engineers to the Environmental Services department, to the Health and Education Services whose historic public buildings are often the focus of a conservation area.

July 2009 — Heritage at Risk
Who is responsible? — What you can do — What Local Authorities can do — What English Heritage will do

RTW Conservation Area at Risk
Kent County Council / KCC
The new chairman of Kent County Council represents Tunbridge Wells West



July 2009 — The new chairman of Kent County Council, John Davies, who was elected on 25 June 2009, has pledged that backing Kent business will be his number one priority during his year of office.

John was first elected to the county council in May 2001 and represents Tunbridge Wells West (Culverden ward in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Rusthall, Langton Green, Spelthurst, Bidborough). Since becoming a county council member, he has served on numerous committees, and he chairs the Tunbridge Wells Local Board and Youth Advisory Group.

The county's new chairman, living in Bishops Down, Royal Tunbridge Wells, is actively involved with a number of community organisations. He supports the work of Hospice in the Weald; Headway, the brain injury association; and the Trinity Theatre - a vibrant cultural venue in his home town.


Kent County Council - Business
Royal Tunbridge Wells - erection of stone panorama (grant of the Royal prefix in 1909)
NO - to any tree felling to open up the views

7 July 2009 — At the Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Forum on 25 June 2009 the issue was raised:

Daniel Bech expressed his concern that the desired views of the Civic Society’s commemorative panorama on Mount Ephraim were blocked by about 25% due to trees standing in front of it. He asked for assurance that no trees would be cut as a consequence.
– Alastair Tod (Chairman of Civic Society) replied and said that there would be no cutting to trees and that in Tunbridge Wells, trees were part of the views.

Daniel questioned further, who would be responsible for maintaining the structure of the panorama.
– Alastair answered that he had an outstanding answer from the Council regarding maintenance, but if the Council would not want to commit themselves, the Civic Society would take over the responsibility and cost for maintenance.

We received further assurance from TWBC tree officer, Daniel Docker, that he and the Commons Conservators would not support the removal of trees and further from the Common's Warden, Steve Budden, giving assurance that despite the views are blocked no trees will be removed.
June 2009 - the "panoramic" view from Mount Ephraim.

Views over the Common, to York Road/Church Road, from Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells June 2009
June 2009 - the "closing view" of York Road towards Mount Ephraim.
York Road is a tree lined road and would lose an important focus should these trees on the Common be felled.

Views from York Road towards Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells June 2009

English Heritage - heritage sites at risk 23 June 2009
1 in 7 Conservation Areas is at Risk — English Heritage Survey


23 June 2009 — The results of English Heritage's first ever survey of the condition of conservation areas shows the top threats to be:
  • plastic windows and doors (83% of conservation areas affected)
  • poorly maintained roads and pavements (60%)
  • street clutter (45%)
  • loss of front garden walls, fences and hedges (43%) [front gardens converted into car parking]
  • unsightly satellite dishes (38%)
  • the effects of traffic calming or traffic management (36%)
  • alterations to the fronts, roofs and chimneys of buildings (34%)
  • unsympathetic extensions (31%)
  • impact of advertisements (23%)
  • neglected green spaces (18%)
Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage: "The problems fall into two main areas:
— what owners do to their properties and
— what councils do or fail to do to the streets, pavements, parks and public spaces."
Trinity and Environs - RTW Master Plan
Trinity Theatre — Tartuffe (or THE IMPOSTER) - Molière’s classic comedy


— presented in Trinity Gardens by TTC, Trinity's Amateur Theatre Company,
from Tue 14 July 2009 to Sun 19 July 2009 at 3pm & 8pm.
www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk - LDF Core Strategy - Consultation Portal
Tunbridge Wells Borough Local Development Framework — Notice of public participation
May 2009 — The Borough Council is preparing a number of Development Plan Documents (DPDs) as part of its Local Development Framework (LDF), which will gradually replace the adopted Local Plan. Comments can be submitted for a period of six weeks from Wednesday 29 April 2009 to midnight on Wednesday 10 June 2009 on the Core Strategy and the Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Area Action Plan.

5 June 2009 — Questions/Answers - Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Area Action Plan and Allocations DPD

TWBC Core Strategy - RTW Town Centre Action Plan - Questionnaire 050609
Designated Area - Dog Fouling - 'Clean it up!'
CLEAN IT UP!
— "The Dogs (Fouling of Land Act 1996) Designated Area"



April 2009 — Tunbridge Wells Borough Council put up signs in the neighbourhood and at Trinity Garden giving a clear message that dog fouling will be prosecuted.
Trinity and Environs- RTW Master Plan

26 March 2009 — The RTW Town Forum presented at its meeting "Aspirations for the Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Area Action Plan" to the Leader of the Council, Roy Bullock, and Senior Council Officers.
The Town Forum looked at issues for inclusion in the new Master Plan for Royal Tunbridge Wells including Trinity & Environs
- an essential part of the cultural life of the area, the future of which needs to be secure, together with its important green setting and open spaces.

RTW Master Plan - RTW Town Centre Area Action Plan - RTW Town Forum 26.03.2009


Don't dump your rubbish into the neighbourhood! - RTW Town Centre

26 March 2009 — Problems in front/rear patios, service alleys/passageways were raised at the RTW Town Forum meeting.
And where will the additional recycling containers for plastic & tins go?
Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre, Church Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Trinity Theatre — Free theatre for all under 26 year olds


1 March 2009 — Trinity Theatre and The Assembly Hall Theatre, Royal Tunbridge Wells, are taking part in an Arts Council England-funded scheme that is encouraging more young adults to enjoy the arts. This initiative is targeted at young adults to become regular theatre-goers, not just here in town, but across the South East.
Royal Tunbridge Wells - the granting of the Royal prefix stone panorama on the Common? - drawing 03022009
Planning application - on the Common:
opposite 64 Mount Ephraim Road (between St Helena and Gibraltrar Cottage)

6 February 2009 — The Civic Society propose the erection of a stone panorama to mark the 50th anniversary of the foundation of their association and the centenary of the grant of the Royal prefix in 1909.

However there are questions concerning
— the poor air quality on Mount Ephraim,
— the views, partially obstructed by trees and other growth,
— the maintenance of the area in future,
— the repair, should it be subjected to vandalism,
— the requested financial contribution via the TWBC Heritage Grant Scheme.
TWBC Planning Portal - application 09/00252 to comment on the application 09/00252
2008-08-30 Views over the Common, to York Road/Church Road, from Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells 30082008

Licensing - Restaurant at 99-101 Mt.Pleasant
Licensing:
January 2009 — Dim T at 99-101 Mount Pleasant is closed
(next to the former Congregational Church, occupied now by Cotswold Outdoors / Ismail Cafe).

After Burger King (moved out in October 2005), a new owner announced to become a more caring neighbour.
However La Tasca pulled out and TWBC transferred their License to 'Took Us A Long Time Limited'.
"Dim T" opened in July 2006.

99-101 Mount Pleasant Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells

15 January 2009 — Conversion of front gardens into parking spaces, not only in the Conservation Areas

MEETING at the Town Hall — Local Economy and Housing Select Committee (open to the Public) —
with Cllr Mrs Elizabeth Thomas (TWBC Cabinet Member, Planning), Rob Cottrill (Director Development/Planning),
Jim Kehoe (Head of Planning), RTW Town Forum & Parish representatives

Powerpoint Presentation: RTW Front Gardens into car parking spaces - 15.01.2009Surrender of Amenity Spaces for Transportation Infrastructure? or " LOVE WHERE WE LIVE "
Front Gardens turned into Car Parking Spaces in York Road
Front Gardens turned into Car Parking Spaces in York Road link to info: Front Gardens - Spring 2008

December 2008 — Preserve the relationship between the landscape and townscape of Royal Tunbridge Wells to secure its special character in the long term!
Urban green space in its many forms: private front gardens & back gardens, woodlands, allotments, verges, public parks and gardens -
" The gradual erosion of green infrastructure from concreting over front gardens to create parking spaces through to the sale of school playing fields and public spaces, needs to stop - and quickly."
York Road changes over the last decade:

link to - York Road - Best Residential Street in Royal Tunbridge Wells - 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002 York Road - Best Residential Street in Royal Tunbridge Wells - 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002
      (summer 2003 - start of development on Telephone House site)

link to - York Road in the Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre - 2002 York Road in the Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre - 2002

link to - York Road, Front Gardens Nos.31-39 York Road, Front Gardens Nos.31-39 - 2002
Looking back at events that shook, and brought down giants in 2008. - The future of developers/housebuilders in 2009
. . . and the future of Crest Nicholson in 2009?

28 December 2008 — Nick Mathiason/Heather Stewart
Number of new houses to plummet in 2009. Three weeks that changed the world in 2008.

"The future of Crest Nicholson, which is owned jointly by HBOS and Sir Tom Hunter, is equally uncertain now that Peter Cummings, the HBOS property executive who waived through the £750m deal, will leave the bank in the new year. It is unclear how Lloyds TSB will view the extensive property assets that it has now inherited through its acquisition of HBOS."

Crest Nicholson sold the controversial planning permission for the high density development
at the Telephone House site to Cala Homes (start of demolition/construction in 2003).
Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Neighbourhood - The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Royal Tunbridge Wells - 2008
WHAT ELSE WAS OF CONCERN ? — 2008

What else was of concern 2008? - The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Royal Tunbridge Wells

What else was of concern Jan 2005 - Dec 2007? - The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Royal Tunbridge Wells
WHAT ELSE WAS OF CONCERN ? — Jan 2005 - Dec 2007

What else was of concern Jan 2005 - Dec 2007? - The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Royal Tunbridge Wells

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


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