Council meetings are now being held using Zoom. Please contact the Town Council offices for links to the meetings. The Virtual Meeting policy can be found here.
Car Parks at Recreation Grounds
The car parks at St. Andrews Field and Memorial have now reopened. We ask all residents to remember and follow the social distancing rules. The play areas in all parks remain closed in line with Government advice. The play areas, skate park and outdoor exercise equipment are closed for the foreseeable future in order to reduce the risk of passing on the Covid-19 virus. This decision has been taken in the light of advice on social distancing from Central Government. The wider parks will remain open for now but people are advised not to gather in groups and to maintain a distance of at least two meters from others. This advice also applies to children and young people.
Proposed Speed Amendment Order for Church Road
Notice is hereby given that KENT COUNTY COUNCIL propose to make the above named Order under sections under Sections 81, 82, 83 and 84 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, and of all other enabling powers, and after consultation with the Chief Officer of Police in accordance with Paragraph 20 of Schedule 9 to the Act:
The effect of the order will be to extend the existing 30MPH speed limit on the following lengths of road in Paddock Wood, Tunbridge Wells;
CHURCH ROAD – To extend the limit by 280 metres in a southerly direction.
Representations for supporting or objecting to the proposed Order can be made via our website at www.kent.gov.uk/highwaysconsultations or alternatively you can write to The TRO Co-ordinator, Schemes Planning & Delivery Team, Highways, Transportation & Waste, Kent County Council, Ashford Highway Depot, Henwood Industrial Estate, Javelin Way, Ashford, TN24 8AD by 12 noon on Monday 13 July 2020.
For full information please click HERE
The planned roadworks for Maidstone Road have been postponed. This is due to delays at a previous site caused by the hot temperatures and rain. The works will be reprogrammed and we will be informed of the new date.
Tunbridge Wells Social has been created to establish an online sense of community across our borough and to help combat the social isolation and loneliness we can all feel sometimes. Tunbridge Wells Social offers something for everyone – entertainment for all ages, tips and workshops for healthy living and helpful information on where you can go to get more support if you are feeling anxious or lonely. Plus Tunbridge Wells Talking, our weekly podcast, provides a light-hearted round up of local news, views and music, with contributions welcomed from the Tunbridge Wells community. Please join us.
Follow this link www.twsocial.co.uk
Paddock Wood Carnival 2020
Paddock Wood & District Lions Club regrets to announce that we have decided to postpone this year’s Carnival Weekend events, comprising Rockin’ in the Rec on 10th July and the Carnival Procession and Fete on 11th July.
The reason for this is the the continuing uncertainty about when and how large outdoor events can be held whilst coronavirus related social distancing regulations remain in force. Shaws Fair, who might otherwise have come to Paddock Wood from 9th to 11th July, will not now do so for that same reason.
The Lions will keep the situation under review, and hope to make a further announcement by early July as to whether (or not ) we will run either or both Carnival Weekend events in some form later this Summer’
Covid-19 Essential Services & Help in Paddock Wood
A list of services that are currently open in Paddock Wood can be found here.
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 this link http://www.paddockwoodtc.kentparishes.gov.uk/covid-19-cemetery-guidance/
Trading Standards & Scams
Trading Standards have issued the attached letter – click here, giving advice to Kent residents about how they can protect themselves against scams at this time.
St Andrews Contact Magazine
The current issue of St Andrews Contact Magazine is online this month due to the current situation. You can find here.
It contains lots of ideas to keep you busy at this time and positive comments and pictures from around Paddock Wood.
Closure of Day Centre
Due to the government advice regarding the Covid 19 outbreak the Town Council has closed the Day Centre in Commercial Road from this Friday, 20th March.
The Town Council offices at St Andrews Field are closed to visitors but can be contacted in the normal way by telephone and email as the officers will continue to work from the office for now. 01892 837373 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cancellation of Football & Rugby Matches
The FA and RFU have suspended all Football and Rugby activity in England so until further notice all matches have been cancelled.
When the suspension is lifted we will be able to book pitches again.
Cancellation of collections by the Civic Amenity Vehicle
TWBC are suspending the weekend Civic Amenity Vehicle service, garden waste collection sign up, and bulky waste collections. Further information about TWBC services during this time can be found at their website by clicking here.
Cancellation – Southern Water Meeting 1st April
Due to the current coronavirus crisis and the Government’s subsequent decision to ban public gatherings, we regret to inform you that Greg Clark MP will be unable to chair a public meeting with Paddock Wood Town Council, Southern Water and representatives of other authorities on the 1st of April at the Day centre to discuss Southern Water’s decision to invest £2.8billion in new sewerage infrastructure to cope with new development in the town.
Southern Water have agreed that in light of the situation a postponement is unavoidable. We will look to rescheduling it once the rules on public gatherings have been lifted.
The latest NHS information about Coronavirus can be found on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
KCC has an updated webpage with the latest Public Health England advice regarding Coronavirus. This can be found here https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/coronavirus
Should you think you have symptoms please visit the NHS 111 webpage https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
The council has vacant allotments at Badsell Road and Ringden Avenue, please contact the Town Council for details. Further information can be found here.
The car park at Foal Hurst Wood is open for Badsell Road Allotment holders only.
There have been a spate of thefts from local allotments and Kent police have issued the following information:
The latest advice from the National Allotment Association with regards to the current Coronavirus situation can be found here.
Are you interested in becoming a flood warden for Paddock Wood? There are training sessions in Maidstone this autumn. See link below for more information and contact details.
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.
Southern Water Adjournment Debate
Greg Clark proposed an adjournment debate on Monday (28th October) regarding Southern Water. Paddock Wood and the struggles the Town Council have had with Southern Water is given as his specific example. The full Hansard report can be found here.
You can see his speech by following this link.
Draft Local Plans
Following the meetings on the 20th & 21st May 2019, here are the draft local plans for Capel and Paddock Wood.
Latest Paddock Wood Town Council Newsletter
The latest Paddock Wood Town Council Newsletter for February can be found below.
PWTC Newsletter – February 2020
Paper copies can be found at the library, train station or in the Council Offices.
Developer Liaison Meetings
A new page has been added to our website under Paddock Wood Town Council to include information from meetings held with the new developments in Paddock Wood.
Please follow this link to see the page. Developer Liaison Meetings
Neighbourhood Plan Draft Policies
Please follow this links to see the draft policies
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.
Southern Water Reporting
Please use the link below to report any issues with Southern Water, including foul drainage leaks, over flows, toilets backing up, bad odours etc.
Minutes of meeting with Southern Water
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.