From Archie Norman, MP




York Road Residents Tell Archie "We Want a Clean Town"

Archie Norman, Member of Parliament for Tunbridge Wells, and Greg Clark, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Tunbridge Wells, met with the Telephone House Residents Association in York Road, Tunbridge Wells, last Friday, 11 February 2005, to hear their concerns about "quality of life" problems which to them would make a huge difference if addressed.

Archie said: "This is a very active group of residents living in the heart of Tunbridge Wells town centre. Their concern is about the growing ‘city centre’ atmosphere in the town centre on Friday and Saturday evenings. I share their view that the increased night time economy and growing number of flats in the town centre calls for a different approach to community management. Most importantly, it calls for more visible community policing and a ‘broken windows’ approach to petty crime, graffiti and vandalism. This is where a vigorous partnership between the Borough Council and a more engaged police force is called for.
These residents told me that in their view the police are like "an endangered species". They feel unsafe when walking home from the station after an evening in London, or after an evening with friends in Tunbridge Wells town centre itself. It is by facing into and solving a lot of these little issues that will make a big difference overall to quality of life".

Daniel Bech, spokesman for the Telephone House Neighbours Association said: “Like many residents and Associations of Royal Tunbridge Wells, we regret that Archie Norman has decided to retire from his political career. We are grateful for all that he has done for us. As ‘our’ MP he took up our concerns and even when we all knew that our chances against developers and the Town Hall were limited, he did not retract. As he said: ‘We might have lost the war, but we won many battles’. It is clear to us that the demolishing and building phase on Telephone House site has been kept tolerable in big part due to the support Archie Norman gave our cause.”

The Neighbours welcomed that he introduced in an uncomplicated way the Conservative parliamentary candidate, Greg Clark. We wish him good luck and success with his campaign to be elected as our next MP.”

14 February 2005

The support of Archie Norman, MP for Tunbridge Wells
in connection with the Telephone House development

The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Tunbridge Wells
The aims are to heighten peoples' awareness and concern for the high-density development on Telephone House site, Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1.