Viewpoint SPRING 2019 Spring 2019 - Page 12

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Important projects coming up that will help define the borough and see Tunbridge Wells flourish CALVERLEY SQUARE In the last edition of Viewpoint, we told you that the Council had an ambitious 10-year vision to become the cultural centre of the Kent and Sussex High Weald, so that by 2024, the borough of Tunbridge Wells is nationally recognised for its vibrant cultural provision. This has brought about plans for a £90million development, which includes a 1,200-seat theatre, and an office building that will accommodate the Council and civic suite on one floor, leaving two floors of much-needed office space for businesses to rent. The project was granted planning permission in spring of 2018. Since then, detailed designs are continuing to be developed with appointed contractor, Mace. The project remains on track and in budget for construction to begin autumn 2019. SOUTHBOROUGH COMMUNITY HUB Following a bid to the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund, the Southborough Hub project has successfully been awarded a grant of £500,000 towards the construction of the new pavilion for the town. The funding has been jointly awarded to Kent County Council and Southborough Town Council, and is thanks to extensive input from Tunbridge Wells Youth Football Club, which has been assisting in the preparation of the bid. This outcome will see the football club getting a long lease of the premises, while also protecting the fields through a restriction on the land. Fundraising towards the pavilion from the TWYFC is well on its way, with over £50,000 having been received to date, and a further £25,000 yet to come in. The revised plans for the Southborough Hub development have been agreed by the board, and were submitted to planning on November 9 2018. The new plans reflect the previous aspirations for the facility, and include a hall/theatre, community rooms, GP surgery, library, football pavilion and Council facilities.