Church Farm Development – Update to Tree Removal

Countryside Properties will be sending the following letter to local residents to inform them of further work to remove tree stumps.

COUNTRYSIDE LETTER

TWBC have confirmed that the trees that have been felled are ones that are included within the existing planning permission and will be replaced as part of the new development. It was brought to the attention of planning enforcement officers that work on the trees had started and they reviewed the matter. An administrative process should have been completed before work started and the developer has been advised about this.

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

 

Update to the Commercial Road Active Travel Plan

KCC have decided to remove this temporary facility and return the road to its previous operation.

Due to the planned closure of Church Road (for utility reparation purposes) for an extended period of time, there are concerns about accessing Waitrose, the station and other areas from the north of Paddock Wood whilst the planned road works are in place. We completely understand the difficulties that may be experienced if the access restrictions on Commercial Road remain in place during this time and a decision has therefore been made to temporarily suspend the scheme on Commercial Road whilst the Church Road closure is in place.

We believe that the scheme with some potential amendments could bring many benefits to the communities of Paddock Wood and therefore we intend to develop the scheme further during this temporary suspension to the satisfaction of all involved with the aim of re implementing the scheme once the Southern Water works are complete. We will be liaising with local businesses and the town council and will also taking the feedback that was received during the current phase on board to create an enhanced scheme.

Further information on KCC Active Travel Plans can be found at https://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/road-projects/in-progress-road-projects/emergency-active-travel-fund-schemes

 

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.

Notice of Postponed Election for Councillor on the East Ward

Please see the attached notice for the postponed election for a councillor on the east ward.

Further to the recent Notice of Vacancy published for the above Town Council, a valid request by ten local government electors to fill the casual vacancy via a by election have been received by the Returning Officer.

In response to the Covid-19 emergency, the UK government has passed The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 and the Coronavirus Act 2020, which postpones all polls up to 6 May 2021.

A date for a poll for the above election will therefore not be fixed until the public health situation has become clearer.

A revised Notice of Election detailing the election timetable will be published by the Returning Officer once a date for the Poll to take place has been fixed.

The full public notice can be viewed HERE

Temporary Road Closure – Church Road, Paddock Wood – 19th October 2020 for 103 days

Temporary Road Closure – Church RoadPaddock Wood19th October 2020 for 103 days

Church RoadPaddock Wood will be closed between Le Temple Road and Burnside House.

The alternative route is Church Road, Mile Oak Road, Mascalls Court Road, Maidstone Road, Station Road and vice versa.

The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while works are undertaken by Southern Water.

For information regarding this closure please contact Southern Water, who will able to assist with the scope of these works.

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.”

Notice of postponed election for Councillor on the West Ward

Please see the attached notice for the postponed election for a councillor on the west ward.

Further to the recent Notice of Vacancy published for the above Town Council, a valid request by ten local government electors to fill the casual vacancy via a by election have been received by the Returning Officer.

In response to the Covid-19 emergency, the UK government has passed The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 and the Coronavirus Act 2020, which postpones all polls up to 6 May 2021.

A date for a poll for the above election will therefore not be fixed until the public health situation has become clearer.

A revised Notice of Election detailing the election timetable will be published by the Returning Officer once a date for the Poll to take place has been fixed.

The full public notice can be viewed HERE.