Tunbridge Wells Service of Remembrance 2020 – Online

TWBC have taken the decision to limit plans for this year’s Remembrance Sunday service in Royal Tunbridge Wells, to mitigate the risks of ongoing Covid-19 transmission.

We ask that you DO NOT attend the small service that is being planned at the War Memorial but instead watch the live stream of the event on the Council’s website www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

Please see the full details HERE


KCC Try Angle Awards & PW Young Person of the Year Award

Both the KCC Try Angle Awards and PW Young Person of the Year Award Nominations are now open.

Do you know a young person who really tries to do their best?  Have you noticed examples of perserverance, excellence or exceptional achievements from a young person during the difficult period of Covid-19 lockdown this year.  If so nominate them for a Try Angle award, so they can gain the recognition they deserve.

To nominate for a Try Angle award please visit www.kent.gov.uk/TryAngle  Nominations are open until 30th November 2020.

Paddock Wood Youth Council are looking for nominations for their Young Person of the Year.

Paddock Wood Youth Council and invited judges representing community organisations are seeking to present the young person of the year award to someone aged 11-18 who has made a contribution to their community.  You can nominate any young person aged 11-18 who lives in Paddock Wood for the Paddock Wood Young Person of the Year Award. 

Reasons for nominating could include; 
– Helping a group or an individual
– Raising money for a good cause
– Doing something to help the environment
– Achievements in music, sport or school 
– Inspiring other young people
– Overcoming difficult situations

Please visit https://pwypoty.weebly.com/ and tell us who you would like to nominate and why you think they deserve to win Paddock Wood Young Person of the Year 2020.  Nominations are open until the end of October.

Town Council Awards Contract to Local Firm

Paddock Wood Town Council is pleased to announce that the pre-construction contract for the community centre has been awarded to local firm Baxalls Construction Ltd.

At a meeting on the 28th July 2020 councillors voted to award the contract, for the pre-construction phase, to Baxalls following a tendering process which saw a total of 4 firms bid for the work.

The Town Council will now work with Baxalls to take the project through to the next stage.

A community centre for the town has long been an aspiration of the town council and this is seen as a major step forward.

Cllr Meryl Flashman said:

“As Chairman of Paddock Wood Town Council, I am delighted that we have now appointed a contractor to take us through to the next stage in building our Community Centre on the Memorial Field. A lot of people have put in a lot of hard work to enable the project to progress to this stage. A Community Centre is something that Paddock Wood desperately needs to serve its expanding population and it is particularly pleasing that we have been able to appoint a local firm, Baxalls, to do this work for us.”

Vacancy on Steering Group of Paddock Wood Neighbourhood Plan

Following the retirement of John Flashman from the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group earlier in the year there is currently a vacancy for a new steering group member.

If possible, we would like someone who would be able to represent the younger residents of Paddock Wood but this is not essential.  The most important thing is a love for our town and a desire to help influence its future.

Please contact the Neighbourhood Plan via the facebook page or the Town Council Office if you would like more information.

Covid-19 Essential Services & Help in Paddock Wood

Paddock Wood Community Support is a new mutual aid group set up to help during the Covid-19 pandemic which has full support of the Town Council.  Further information about the committee can be found here. If you would like to volunteer to help you can sign up here.  Leaflets are being posted throughout Paddock Wood so you should have received one.

KCC have set up Kent Together a 24 hour helpline to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication.

The helpline – called Kent Together – provides a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak.

It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.

It is also the place to report your concerns about the welfare of someone else. Kent Together is being coordinated by Kent County Council which will feed the information through the network of volunteers, district and borough council teams and local support groups, to ensure people get the support they need, when they need it.

If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, you can contact the Kent Together helpline at www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling on 03000 41 92 92. It is a 24 hour service.

Social isolation is not an excuse for domestic abuse.  This is a crime and it can affect anyone. During this COVID-19 pandemic, limited contact with the outside world may make you or someone you know feel unsafe but our specialist teams are still here to help 24/7, in the same way we always do.  Kent Police will respond to your call and can arrest anyone committing offences against you. In an emergency dial 999 or 101 for non-emergencies. You can also speak to someone online at www.kent.police.uk  Other agencies who can help at this time can be found on the poster here.

Guidance on funerals and the cemetery at this time can be found on our website under Cemetery or HERE

TWBC Local Plan

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) are developing their Local Plan for the period to 2036. They have said that they need to provide for an additional 13,000 homes in the borough during this period.

The response from Paddock Wood Town Council to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council regarding the Local Plan can be found here.

The response from Paddock Wood Town Council regarding the Sustanability Appraisal (Local Plan) can be found here.

KCC Bus Feedback

Kent County Council have asked us to share this information with residents. As there have been recent changes to the bus services in this area we would encourage residents to use this to pass on their comments.

During last summer’s Big Conversation with residents, many people told us that they didn’t know who to give feedback to about bus services.

To make this clearer, we have launched a Bus Feedback Portal. It includes information about how to make a formal complaint or compliment about bus services and who to contact in the event that bus users experience problems.

It also includes a feedback form for residents to let us know about their experiences of using buses and the quality of service provided.

We will use the feedback that we get a greater understanding of what types of problems bus users experience and to spot trends about the areas or on which services they arise. We will use this information to inform the conversations that we have with bus operators through our Quality Bus Partnerships or more generally and help improve things for bus users.

KCC is encouraging people to use the form to let us know about their experience of using buses and the quality of service provided. A link to the portal is provided below.