The Chairman in consultation with the other two Community Centre board members has taken the decision that the meeting scheduled for Wednesday 23rd January 2019 to discuss the RiBA stage 3 reports should be postponed.
This will give the members of the Board and Working party time to consider the implications of the recent public event at Paddock Wood library and additional information which was received late on Friday 18th January 2019.
A further meeting will be scheduled when the issues have been considered.
Decisions from Town Council Meeting 21st January 2019
At last nights meeting of Paddock Wood Town Council members resolved to continue to RiBA stages 3 & 4 for the new Community Centre on the Memorial Field. Eight members voted in favour, 3 against and 1 abstention.
The Council will also hold meetings with Friends of the Memorial Field to discuss options.
The Town Council also voted on the budget for 2019/2020. A budget of £451,366 was approved. This will result in a 0.3% increase on the precept for residents.
Urgent Road Closure – Mascalls Court Road, Paddock Wood – 24 January 2019 (Tunbridge Wells)
It will be necessary to close Mascalls Court Road, Paddock Wood from 24 January 2019 for up to 1 Day.
The road will be closed between the junctions of Chantler’s Hill and Mascalls Court Lane.
The alternative route is via Mascalls Court Road, Maidstone Road, Station Road, Church Road, Mile Oak Road, Mascalls Court Lane.
This is to enable CCTV survey and root cutting of drainage system to be carried out by Kent County Council.
There are vacant allotments. If you are interested please contact the Town Council Office.
Paddock Wood is a small town with a population of 8,253 (according to the 2011 census) which lies between Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge. Unlike many of the surrounding villages Paddock Wood is comparatively new and owes its existence to the railway, which arrived in 1842.
By 1851 a sizeable village had grown and by 1900 Paddock Wood was the hub for a network of branch lines throughout the Weald.
It was the railway that brought the thousands of hop-pickers to the area from London for their annual hop-picking holiday. Although some travelled on to other areas, Paddock Wood was becoming the centre for the hop growing industry so many remained in the area.
Ideally located for London and the South Coast, Paddock Wood has become a busy commuter town. There is a diverse range of commerce and light industry, and it is the centre for the distribution of fruit and vegetables to and from Europe. It also continues to be a centre for hop growing.
As a small rural town Paddock Wood has much to offer including an interesting range of local shops, good schools and excellent sports facilities.