Southborough Town Council was formed in 1974 following the local government reorganisation and became the successor authority to the Southborough Urban District Council losing many of its previous powers in the process. These were transferred to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, which is the principal authority.
The Town is presently split into three wards: North, West and East. A total of 18 members, seven in the North ward, six in the West and five from the East, make up the Town Council. Elections are held every four years when all the seats are contested. At its annual meeting in May the Town Council elects a Town Mayor and a Deputy Town Mayor.
The Town Council meets once every month in the Junior Hall, Southborough School, Broomhill Park Road, Southborough at 7.00 p.m. and these meetings are open to the public and press. The two main committees, Planning and Transportation and the Finance and Parks Committee meet on a monthly basis and these meetings are also open to the public and press. There is always an opportunity for members of the public to address the Council or its committees during the Public Open Session item, which is on every agenda, as long as the address is related to that meeting.
The Town Council’s main responsibilities include the provision and maintenance of allotments, Southborough Common, various playing fields and playgrounds, the War Memorial, the Community Centre and the Cemetery.
The Town Council Offices are open to the public from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, and are currently housed in an office within Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, while the development of the Hub progresses.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is the principle local authority and within its total membership of 48 there are 5 members representing the Southborough and High Brooms wards. It is the local Planning Authority and as such is required to inform the Town Council of all planning applications in respect of Southborough and High Brooms. As a statutory consultee, the Town Council is entitled to comment on all such applications. The Borough Council Offices are located at the Town Hall, Civic Way, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1RS.
Tel: 01892 526121
Kent County Council is the administrative authority of Kent and is located at County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ.
Tel: 03000 414141