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Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society

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.

  • see more about our objectives and background;

  • get the latest news on current issues;

  • download our latest Newsletter;

  • check out our latest Publication (use the Publications tab to buy on-line);

  • send us your comments on any of our activities or on current issues in the town.

    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.

    Brian Lippard
    Chairman
    Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society

    To see the letter in full please click on this link below:

    Letter to Councillors

    Our next event:

    Thursday 8th February in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall at 7.30pm

    'Tunbridge Wells in the Railway Age'
    - an illustrated talk by the leading light on the subject, John Arkell. His presentation will start with the arrival of the railways in the town in 1845 and move on to chart the history and development of the line from Tonbridge.

    The talk will show that there is nothing new about the residents of Tunbridge Wells complaining about their train service and the responses of the railway company to the complaints!


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Picture: Cupola of the Church of King Charles the Martyr. Sue Daniels

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society - Registered Charity No. 276545