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Parish Chairman’s Notes April 2021

Parish Elections – candidates wanted.

If you always wanted to try and make a difference to village life or wanted to use your skills in the service of the community – now is your chance!

On May 6th there will be elections for the 9 members of the Parish Council (as well as for Borough Councillor, County Councillor and Police and Crime Commissioner).

Candidates: We would welcome new candidates for the Parish Council which will be elected to serve to 2024. If you would like to stand for election, please contact the clerk who will ensure you have nomination papers. You only need two signatories, one to propose and one to second you. They can come from any elector in Capel including from within your household. You have until 4pm on the 8thApril when nominations close.

Voters: Polling stations will be as usual Capel Village Hall (polling numbers starting with ‘I’) or Arnold Cook Hall, Tudeley (polling numbers with ‘J’). Please wear a mask and bring your own pencil! If you would prefer to vote by post or proxy, please contact: elections@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

A reminder that the Regulation 19 consultation on the Tunbridge Wells Pre Submission Local Plan will last from 26th March to 21st May. At the time of writing, we do not know what form this will take, and Tunbridge Wells Council have still to publish many key supporting documents. Capel Parish Council will continue to object to the plan as it affects this parish. We will also be working closely with Save Capel, Capel Green Belt Protection Society, and other groups to put forward our response.

However, it is vital that if you made a comment at the previous stage you do so again. Objections will then be looked at by a planning inspector at a public enquiry. We need to convince the Inspector that the plans put forward for Tudeley are unsustainable and that building on the Green Belt at East Capel is unnecessary – especially when both sites are vulnerable to flooding. The fact that there is a much more sustainable site at Castle Hill which the planners refused to consider adds strength to the argument.

Other news:

The Housing and Memorial Cottages Committee are due to discuss the centenary celebrations to commemorate the opening of the Memorial Cottages at Brampton Bank at their meeting on April 4th. The actual anniversary is in August. Any one with suggestions for this or who wishes to take part should contact  clerk@capelpc.co.uk who can also provide Zoom details for the meeting.

At its meeting on 22nd February the council approved matched funding for building works at Five Oak Green Church.

We are awaiting the installation of swings in the play area when weather and ground conditions permit.

Hugh Patterson

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