Progress on plans to develop a new civic centre, theatre, office space and car park for Tunbridge Wells have gone online to help keep local residents and businesses stay up-to-date
The website – www.TWciviccentre.co.uk – presents the Borough Council’s case for investing £72 million as part of a concerted effort to boost the economy, support local businesses and attract more visitors.
The proposed development is on the site of the current car parks at Great Hall and Mount Pleasant Avenue, and on the edge of Calverley Grounds, opposite the town’s railway station.
Councillor David Jukes, Leader of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, said: “The proposed development is at the heart of the Council’s ambitions for the wider regeneration of the town and borough. There has been considerable debate and speculation over the plans and we are now able to share our current thinking with local residents and businesses.
“We hope this will reassure residents that we have no aspiration to concrete over Calverley Grounds or run the risk of the Grade ll listed Town Hall and Assembly Hall Theatre site turning into a grot spot.
“What we want to deliver is an ambitious development that is true to Tunbridge Wells’ history, while at the same time is ambitious about the future.”
The Council will be undertaking further consultation, including a public exhibition of the plans, later in the year.