Hawkhurst Parish Council is keen to engage residents in opportunities to participate in consultations which impact on local residents. We will use a mix of online, hard copy surveys and events to engage residents.
Consultation on Bedgebury Park Lane
Thank you in advance for your interest and participation in the consultation for Park Lane, Bedgebury Forest.
The Forestry England consultation link is available here
We really appreciate you taking your time to read and complete the survey on the link. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2020 and you’ll be able to see our next steps from this in the New Year, approx. the end of January.
Please keep comments within the guidelines of the options that we’ve laid out and let us know your reasons for your choice. We’ve included some supplementary questions to help us make the decision and share the results of this survey. Thank you once more for you time.
New Community Centre Consultation
Closed on the 1st March 2020
We had 90 consultation forms submitted either in hand, at the drop off points, by post or email. Some respondents answered every question, others did not. Some responses had a number of comments for a particular question.
This included a total of 372 comments, see file. We received one response form on the 3rd March 2020 after the closing date which was generally against the size of the centre and cost.
Please note out of 372 comments;
200 are being taken forward in the refinement of the design
17 are operational matters and will be considered in the refinement of the business plan
155 are general statements which are acknowledged.
Below is the summary report.
Below is general information and the draft plans that will be updated inline with the consultation feedback report.
What Happens Next
We are currently revising the designs and plans and will report back to the Council meeting in August 2020 with the revised plans.
The aim is then to have a pre-application meeting with TWBC Planning Department and, subject to further comments, submit a planning application in the autumn 2020.
We will update the website as the project develops.
Hawkhurst Parish Council will also seek to use quick surveys to test the views of residents on “hot topics”.
In addition we listen to residents general comments, and where possible act.
You Said – We Did
You said – Can someone clear up the broken glass from the broken public phone boxes
We did – We cleared up the glass – will keep an eye on it until BT remove them
You said – What can you do to improve the general feel of the village
We did – Organised several Litter picks in 2019 and will do so again in 2020. Also hosted a community meeting to look into “Hawkhurst in Bloom” with the community. Watch this space.
You said – Can you sort out the drains
We did – Have lobbied MP, KCC, TWBC Southern Water to take this problem seriously and work together to sort out the drainage in Hawkhurst.
Note, KCC increased drain and gully cleaning to try and help in short term, some success but still some serious problems.
We realise there is far more to do and we will keep on working on your behalf to get the relevant organisations to do the work required.
You said – Can you report abandoned vehicles
We did – Forward vehicle details to Police and KCC who deal with these matters
You said – What are doing about the Rye Road Closure
We did – Took on board your comments and met with the contractors and KCC and argued the Hawkhurst residents and business’ case. Note we were not consulted on the proposed closure, the first we heard about it was when we all heard about it. We are awaiting final details.
You said – Can you paint the entrance signs to the village
We did – painted the entrance signs to the village
You said – Can you trim the verge on Slip Mill Lane / Cranbrook Rd to help the vision
We Did – trimmed the verge
You said – Clean up the village
We did – Organised a litter pick 12th, 13th, and 14th April 2019 – 100 bags of rubbish collected.
You said – Tidy up the village
We did – Appoint a full time caretaker who is painting bus shelters, bollards and trimming back hedges from footpaths
You said – improve reporting of potholes
We did – Upgraded the reporting on our website to support residents to report potholes but we can not report every pothole.
Here is the link if you are interested in taking part in Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Consultations
Here is the link if you are interested in taking part in Kent County Council consultations
Here is the link if you are interested in taking part in UK Government consultation