Welcome to the website of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society. The Society is an independent organisation
which campaigns for the conservation and improvement of this attractive town with its important heritage and rich cultural life.
In a very competitive field the new playground in Calverley Grounds – Calverley Adventure Grounds – has won a national award from
Civic Voice. The playground was a project by the Friends of Calverley Grounds to bring the old bowling green back into use in a
form sympathetic to a listed park.
The Friends raised £235,000 in a little over a year by crowd funding and charitable grants, and
the Council supported them with s.106 money and by taking on maintenance. Local designer Jennette Emery-Wallis contributed the
design pro bono.
The Society nominated the playground for the Public Realm category of the awards, and Alastair Tod attended the
award ceremony with Jennette and Nick Pope of the Friends.
The citation commended the scheme not just for its design, already a huge
hit with local children, but also as a demonstration of a spontaneous community effort.
Press Release 10th November 2017:
We have sent an open two page letter to every Tunbridge Wells Councillor detailing our qualified support for the proposed theatre and our unhappiness with their plans for the civic centre,
the underground car park and the impact on Calverley Grounds. A summary of the points in our letter is shown below:
* the Society calls for the future use of the present civic buildings to be decided now together with reasons as to why the Council cannot return there after rebuilding;
* we think the Council should make every effort possible to purchase the Police Station;
* we call for a re-think about the quantity of and access to the underground car-parking associated with the new office building and theatre;
* we want to see the design of the new office building modified as it does not respond well to the sloping site;
* we think there is an urgent need for a comprehensive plan for Calverley Grounds to be implemented in parallel with the civic development.
Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society
To see the letter in full please click on this link below: