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Cries of 'farce' after controversial port berth vote

19 May 2022
Cries of 'farce' after controversial port berth vote

There were cries of "farce" from the public as a controversial scheme to replace a port berth was approved.

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Medieval defences could thwart new homes plan

15 May 2022
Medieval defences could thwart new homes plan

Concerns over possible harm to a town's medieval military defences by new homes are set to be discussed to decide whether to allow plans to proceed.

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'Bland' micropub plans for high street inn slammed

14 May 2022
'Bland' micropub plans for high street inn slammed

Plans to transform a run down high street inn into flats and a micropub have hit a wall.

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Replacing port berth could now cost council £2.3m

12 May 2022
Replacing port berth could now cost council £2.3m

Controversial plans to replace a berth at a Kent port - which could cost more than £2 million - will be considered next week.

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Plans for 120 more cells at prison

10 May 2022
Plans for 120 more cells at prison

Another 120 cells could be built as part of plans for a prison expansion.

Tories lose control of two borough councils

06 May 2022
Tories lose control of two borough councils

The Mayor of Tunbridge Wells is among the Conservatives to lose his seat in two local elections.

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Villagers fear licence will lead to noise pollution

04 May 2022
Villagers fear licence will lead to noise pollution

A glamping site aiming for a late-night festival licence has split residents’ opinion over noise in a village.

Safety questions over new town centre 'public realm'

04 May 2022
Safety questions over new town centre 'public realm'

A woman hit by a motorcycle is the latest in a string of accidents.

'Decaying' town hall to be put up for rent

29 April 2022
'Decaying' town hall to be put up for rent

A historic town hall which has been left to "decay" is to be rented out under new proposals from a council.

Cafe's lorry park can stay open

23 April 2022
Cafe's lorry park can stay open

A lorry park at a roadside cafe has been granted an extension until the end of next year, despite concerns over traffic.

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Plans for empty drinks factory approved

21 April 2022
Plans for empty drinks factory approved

A drinks factory left empty for nine years is set to be transformed into 30 industrial units.

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Culture centre costs rocket ahead of big reveal

21 April 2022
Culture centre costs rocket ahead of big reveal

An arts hub set to open next week has requested another £470,000 from the council amid rocketing costs.

£1.1m ‘crumbs’ set aside for town

20 April 2022
£1.1m ‘crumbs’ set aside for town

A million pound boost for a Kent town centre has been dismissed by a council leader.

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Animal sanctuary 'devastated' at planning defeat

08 April 2022
Animal sanctuary 'devastated' at planning defeat

An animal sanctuary which is home to more than 400 livestock has lost its battle to stay open after being refused planning permission.

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More homes proposed for huge redevelopment

07 April 2022
More homes proposed for huge redevelopment

A town centre’s transformation is set to continue as more flats could be approved next week.

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140-year-old pub hit by Brexit to be converted into flats

28 March 2022
140-year-old pub hit by Brexit to be converted into flats

A 140-year-old pub and hotel which closed due to Brexit and lockdown is to be converted into flats despite an outcry from local residents.

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Plan for town's 'best block of flats' approved

26 March 2022
Plan for town's 'best block of flats' approved

A multi-million pound town centre development is set to be completed after plans for 200 flats next to a hotel were approved.

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Bid to expand historic hotel and secure four-star status

12 March 2022
Bid to expand historic hotel and secure four-star status

The owners of a historic hotel want to carry out a major expansion, adding 21 new rooms, to attract "higher value" tourism.

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Bid to stop parking price hike fails

05 March 2022
Bid to stop parking price hike fails

A councils effort to prevent rising car parking prices has been unsuccessful.

'We'll be dealing with 50% of all UK imports'

26 February 2022
'We'll be dealing with 50% of all UK imports'

A council leader says half of UK imports could come through a new border facility as plans for a green buffer zone around it are announced.

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