Pembury Emergency Helpline

The three churches in Pembury have organised an EMERGENCY HELP LINE for residents who need urgent non-medical help in times of extraordinary conditions. If severe weather conditions prevent you from leaving your home for shopping, collection of prescriptions, keeping medical appointments or other such events, you may telephone one of the following numbers for assistance during the hours 9.00am to 5.00pm: 01892 824761 (Pembury Vicarage); 01892 825590 (Baptist Church Office); 01892 822712 – (Robert Tricker Catholic Church).

For Assistance outside office hours ring the Vicarage on 01892 824761


Full details of the announcement and please download and return the reply slip if you can help.

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North Farm working group meets

On Friday 4 November the working group, set up to consider traffic issues at the North Farm Industrial Estate, met at the Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells. Chaired by local MP, Greg Clark, the meeting was attended by representatives from the business community, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Kent County Council.

The meeting heard that short term measures (as identified in the North Farm traffic study) that could help relieve the traffic problems at North Farm were being implemented and it was anticipated that they would be in place before Christmas. These include:

  • capacity improvements at the Great Lodge/Longfield Road junction – carrying out changes to traffic signal phases
  • install CCTV cameras at the Great Lodge/Longfield Road and Kingstanding Way/Longfield Road junctions
  • implement ‘Keep Clear’ markings at the Knights Park/Longfield Road junction (west bound carriageway)
  • implement ‘Keep Clear’ markings at the Dowding Way/Longfield Road roundabout adjacent to Dowding Way entry

Councillor Brian Ransley, Planning and Transportation Portfolio Holder said: “This was a constructive meeting and it was very apparent that we all share the desire to work together to find solutions for North Farm.

“The cost of the short term measures will be met from section106 funding from development in Longfield Road, while consideration is still being given to the medium and long-term solutions.

“I was able to emphasise how seriously the borough council views the traffic issues at North Farm. The council’s Cabinet is determined that a more radical solution to the traffic problem at North Farm should be sought as soon as possible, and will campaign vigorously to ensure that this problem get priority attention from Kent County Council and other involved agencies.”

MP for Tunbridge Wells Greg Clark said: “The congestion at North Farm gets worse.  The transformation of North Farm will come with the dualling of the A21, but I believe it is right to take action now rather than wait for the main show.  Everything that can be done to improve the situation must be done.  That’s why I convened this group of Tunbridge Wells and Kent Councillors and officers and businesses in North Farm and I’m pleased that some improvements will be made in time for what will no doubt be a busy Christmas.”

The borough council is going to be inviting all the businesses at North Farm to an information session at the end of the month where they can hear about the work the Council and KCC are undertaking and how they can assist in addressing the current congestion issues.

Royal Tunbridge Wells welcomes the Olympic Flame

On July 17 2012, just ten days before the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Royal Tunbridge Wells will welcome the Olympic Flame as it begins its journey through the county of Kent.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is proud to have been chosen to be the point of entry for the Olympic Torch into Kent as part of the 70-day- long tour of the UK. It is also the only place in the county the Torch will be visiting on 17 July.

Councillor Bob Atwood, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Leader said: ‘It is wonderful news that the town has been chosen to receive the Torch, we have made no secret of the fact that we wanted to see the Olympic Flame come to the borough. The visit of the Torch can only enhance the town’s rich historical and cultural heritage.’

The Torch Relay is just one of a number of events taking place in the borough of Tunbridge Wells during 2012 which, as well as the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, also celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The borough council is planning a year of celebrations encompassing these events to include live screening of the Olympic Games’ opening in Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells. Sports and cultural events throughout the year, community arts events and lighting of special beacons for the Jubilee events on 4 June.

Funding will be made available to town and parish councils and community groups to enable local communities to celebrate the events of 2012. Applications will be accepted from the today, 7 November. Anyone wishing to apply for a grant can find full information on the council’s website

Full details of the route for the Olympic Torch Relay will follow and will be announced nearer the time when we will be able to let people from across the borough know how and where they will be able to see the Flame.

For its tour of the UK the London 2012 Olympic Torch, representing peace, unity and friendship, will be carried by 8,000 inspirational Torchbearers, each nominated by members of the public and each with their own unique story to share. The design of the Torch consists of 8,000 small circles representing the inspirational stories of the Torchbearers.