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March through Tunbridge Wells in protest at garden village scheme

They are at it again. Protestors determined to see off proposals to create a "garden village" at Capel will be taking to the streets of Tunbridge Wells this weekend.

A march organised by the Save Capel campaign group will be setting off from Calverley Grounds at noon on Saturday and proceeding along Crescent Road, and Calverley Road, down Grosvenor Road and Mount Pleasant Road, along the High Street and London Road, returning via Vale Road and Mount Pleasant Road to the park once again.

A scene from the earlier march in August
A scene from the earlier march in August

The organisers are urging supporters to take drums, whistles, bells and anything to make a noise to ensure their protest is heard.

Spokesperson Farah Brooks-Johnson said: "We will shout loud and proud to support Save Capel and keep our beautiful Kentish countryside for all to enjoy."

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is currently consulting on its draft Local Plan, which includes a proposal to create a 4,000-home garden village in Capel.

It is not the first time, objectors have shown their anger. They have already held one march on the Town Hall in August and have picketed council meetings where the proposal has been discussed.

The campaigners are appealing for support from all Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge residents, saying that, if allowed, the plan will have an adverse effect on all communities through increased traffic volumes and pressure on social infrastructure.

A scene from the earlier march in August
A scene from the earlier march in August

They are rallying by the cafe in the park at 11.30am.

For further information, email savecapel@gmail.com

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