Author Archive | Martin Betts

Tunbridge Wells Labour

More local consultation needed on summer festivals

After the recent negative Flamefest publicity Tunbridge Wells Borough Council must sharpen up its approval procedures for outdoor events and involve local councillors at an early stage. Flamefest – ‘the festival for enlightened, kinky partygoers’ – promised an outdoor S&M dungeon and ‘adult play area’ in a ‘secret location in Kent …an area of outstanding […]

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Tunbridge Wells Labour

Tackle the cause of foodbanks – end austerity

Published in the Times of Tunbridge Wells – Wednesday 12 July 2017 The recent Times of Tunbridge Wells article about Nourish Community Foodbank highlighted that despite a veneer of wealth in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge there are real pockets of deprivation. The article pointed out that Nourish has seen a huge rise in demand for […]

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Tunbridge Wells Labour

Jobcentre closure – the tip of an iceberg

Published in the Times of Tunbridge Wells February 22 2017 This newspaper recently reported the impending closure of Tunbridge Wells Jobcentre. Labour opposes this as yet another example of the erosion of public services across the Borough. The Jobcentre provides an important service. It is the place where unemployed people look for temporary financial help […]

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