KCC refuses permit for Christmas Lights in Pembury

Pembury Parish Council is saddened to report that Kent County Council (KCC) have refused the permit for their Christmas light display in 2019 for health and safety reasons.  Council Chairman, Cllr Katy Brooks, said she was “very saddened that we are not able to have our usual festive display of lights and we know how disappointed the residents will be.  This will be a priority for us to work out a remedy for next year.”

KCC finally told the Parish Council that it could not install its normal Christmas lights last week after the street columns were tested earlier in the year.  Many of the columns were found to be unsafe and unable to support the weight of the Christmas light motifs of up to 8kg.

Unfortunately, KCC will only allow us to install lights around the village green that weigh under 4kg.   They will not allow the other columns to be used at all.  The Parish Council has worked with its lighting contractor to come up with an alternative display this year that will comply with KCC’s rules.  Due to the weight restriction, in reality this will mean that we can only have garland lights.  This will also affect our hanging basket display next summer.

The Chair of the Communications & Events Committee, Cllr Louise Mills said “This is hugely disappointing – especially as the notice from KCC was received so late in the day giving us no time to rectify the situation.  Christmas is such a special time of year and I know Pembury residents appreciate the village lights – unfortunately, this year our High Street is going to look a little dimmer.”

Pembury Parish Council will continue to liaise with KCC on the future of the Christmas light and floral display in Pembury.

Pembury Parish Council response to planning application for Hendy’s Motor Village

Additional analysis of highways information has been submitted to TWBC by the applicant, Hendy, following significant concern was raised about the proposal by Kent County Council and Pembury Parish Council.  The Parish Council has commissioned a further analysis of the applicant’s transport assessment which has been submitted to TWBC.  The full assessment by our transport consultant can be found below:

191105 Hendy application additional comment


Local Plan – questionnaire

TWBC Local Plan logo

The Parish Council would like to know what you think of the Tunbridge Wells proposed Local Plan for development in the borough up to 2036 and how it affects Pembury and the surrounding area.  This questionnaire is designed to help the Parish Council formulate its response to the Local Plan.

Please complete the Parish Council questionnaire and share your views with us.

It is also important to share your views with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council via their Local plan questionnaire.

Parish Council Vacancy – September 2019

Poster advertising a Parish Councillor VacancyFollowing the recent resignation of Cllr Hocking, we currently have one vacancy for a Parish Councillor on Pembury Parish Council.  The Parish Council has 2 committees:

  • Finance & HR Committee
  • Planning & Highways Committee

It also has 2 Working Groups:

  • Communication & Events Working Group
  • Open Spaces Working Group

The committees and working groups are involved in all aspects of Pembury and the Parish Council including the Recreation Grounds, Sports Pitches, Litter & dog fouling projects, events, various green open spaces, consultee on planning applications, transport and highways and anything to do with Pembury!

If you can spare some time to help with projects, why not consider joining us!  Give the Parish Office a call to find out more on 01892-823193 or email clerk@pemburyparishcouncil.gov.uk.

If you’d like to give it a try, please complete an application form and post or email the Clerk for consideration by the Council.


Planning Application – Hendy Motor Village

The Parish Council strongly object to the 7 car dealership motor village proposed next to the Tesco site off the A228/A264 Pembury Road.  In order to strengthen their objections against the proposals they commissioned a specialist transport consultant to review the transport assessment.  A copy of the assessment and additional response to the planning application can be found below:

190724 Hendy response FINAL


TWBC has extended the deadline to respond so you still have time to get your comments into the Borough Council if you haven’t had your say.