Make Kent Quicker

KCC are promoting a petition for quicker broadband in Kent. There is an opportunity to use Government funding, KCC funds and commercial match funding to get a quicker broadband facility.

The campaign aims to secure better broadband for local businesses, education and communities. The aim is for 90% of homes and businesses to have superfast broadband access by 2015, and for everyone to have access to a service of at least 2mb. Kent County Council and the Government are investing over £20m to make this happen.

However to achieve this, broadband providers need to invest. We all need to demonstrate the demand for better broadband. The greater the demand, the more broadband providers will be prepared to invest in Kent.

It only takes five minutes to register your demand and it could make a great difference, so please register now and encourage your friends and neighbours to get involved as well.

Thank you to everyone that has voted so far! We need as many votes as possible by the end of June to tempt broadband providers to invest in Kent.

The website link is

There is also a Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest news on the campaign

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Local Elections – Results

Pembury (2 seats)

Mike Tompsett (Ind) 836 (26 per cent) ELECTED

Paul Barrington-King (Con) 736 (23 per cent) ELECTED

Lynn Hine (Con) 506 (15 per cent)

Colin Nicholson (UKIP) 505 (15 per cent)

Paul Beard (Lib Dems) 312 (10 per cent)

Margaret Morgan (Lab) 229 (seven per cent)

Isobel Kerrigan (Lab) 145 (four per cent)

Royal visit this month to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is delighted to announce the visit of Their Royal Highnesses, The Earl and Countess of Wessex to Royal Tunbridge Wells on Thursday 31 May. The visit is being made on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.

The public will have the chance to see the Royal couple as they walk along the Pantiles and the council hopes their route will be lined by children from local schools and other well-wishers.

Their Royal Highnesses will arrive at the Pantiles late morning. As they walk along the Pantiles The Earl and Countess will see young people performing on the bandstand, they will meet some local business people and be given a briefing on the history of the Pantiles, its Royal connections and the importance of the site to the town.

On leaving the Pantiles The Earl and Countess will visit King Charles The Martyr Church to meet invited guests before attending a reception for members of the local community, including a good number of voluntary organisations.

At King Charles The Martyr Church, following a performance from the choir from Kent College, Pembury, Their Royal Highnesses will sign the visitors’ book and on the invitation of the Mayor will unveil a plaque commemorating their visit to Royal Tunbridge Wells in 2012, the year of the Diamond Jubilee.

Council Chief Executive William Benson said: ‘It’s a great honour for the town to receive Their Royal Highnesses in this Jubilee year. We’ve invited local schools within walking distance of the Pantiles to come along on the day, and of course, other well-wishers will be very welcome as they will play an important part in making the visit a very memorable occasion during our Year of Celebrations.’