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Following on from Cllr Atkins request for a parish poll at last Monday’s Council Meeting (17th September 2018) the town council has sought legal advice from the Kent Association of Local Councils.   The Association has advised that the call for a poll at a town council meeting was not valid. A parish poll can only be called for at a Parish Meeting.

The difference between a parish meeting and a parish council meeting is as follows:  A Parish Meeting is a meeting of the people of the parish. A Parish Council Meeting is a meeting of the parish councillors.

Parish Polls are covered by legislation and must be properly summoned under the terms of the Local Government Act 1972 para 15 sch 12. Details can be found at or

As a result of this advice the request for a parish poll cannot be progressed.

Frequently asked questions about the Community Centre project

The quarterly newsletter of PWTC is now available to read on this website

There are vacant allotments.  If you are interested please contact the Town Council Office.


Paddock Wood is a small town with a population of 8,253 (according to the 2011 census) which lies between Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge. Unlike many of the surrounding villages Paddock Wood is comparatively new and owes its existence to the railway, which arrived in 1842.

By 1851 a sizeable village had grown and by 1900 Paddock Wood was the hub for a network of branch lines throughout the Weald.

It was the railway that brought the thousands of hop-pickers to the area from London for their annual hop-picking holiday. Although some travelled on to other areas, Paddock Wood was becoming the centre for the hop growing industry so many remained in the area.

Ideally located for London and the South Coast, Paddock Wood has become a busy commuter town. There is a diverse range of commerce and light industry, and it is the centre for the distribution of fruit and vegetables to and from Europe. It also continues to be a centre for hop growing.

As a small rural town Paddock Wood has much to offer including an interesting range of local shops, good schools and excellent sports facilities.