New theatre gets green light in Tunbridge Wells

December 27, 2017 by  

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) has voted in favour of a theatre development.

The new theatre should be part of a large scheme that will involve the construction of a civic centre and office accommodation. Print companies in Tunbridge Wells can be used to promote plays and other events. The initiative may cost almost £90 million in total.

Although TWBC has backed the ambitious initiative, there has been some local opposition to the proposals. This may be of some importance going forward because the full planning process has not been completed. Councillor David Jukes told Kent Online:

“Things don’t happen quickly in municipal business – particularly in Tunbridge Wells. It’s taken 17 years to get something going on the cinema site, for example. It may be a long time before this scheme is built, but we’re on our way.”

Councillor Jukes is the leader of TWBC. His colleague, Tracy Moore, suggested that there was a large majority of councillors behind the policy. She added that public engagement has been a major priority for the council.

Concerns about the project have focused on two main things. There is a worry about the potential environmental impact of the plan. There is anxiety about the amount of resources which could be spent on regeneration. The Tunbridge Wells Alliance has been trying to influence decision-making.