Parish Chairman’s report – October 2021

As part of our response to the climate emergency Capel Parish Council is investigating the possibility of installing electric vehicle charging points in the Village Hall car park. Councillors held a meeting with the contractors appointed by KCC (who will help fund the project) on site on 9th September. Initially we are planning for two charging points but hope to be able to expand this if there is sufficient demand.

We are looking for ways to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next summer. There is an extended bank holiday from Thursday 2nd June 2022 through to the following Sunday. The clerk will be writing to local organisations to seek their ideas for ways to celebrate, and we hope to convene a meeting for parishioners later in the autumn. There may be a possibility of seeking road closures to allow for street parties, if that is what residents want. Anyone with their own views about how to celebrate this occasion can contact Louise Goldsmith, Parish Manager and Clerk at

At the time of writing the next meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group is due to be held on September 15th. We have received feedback from our consultants Alison Eardley Associates on the workshop held at the beginning of August and a local housing needs report prepared on our behalf. One of our priorities will be to seek advice on design codes to ensure development in the parish reflects the historic nature and landscape heritage of our community.

Also, at the time of writing we have no news about the Tunbridge Wells Local Plan and when and if the proposals will go to the Planning Inspectorate or the date of any possible Public Inquiry. We hope to provide an update next month.


Hugh Patterson