Here is a selection of stories in this week’s Times of Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. For more stories and the latest news, make sure to visit our sister site theknow.guide.

‘VALUE ENGINEERING’ FORCES RE-THINK OF SOUTHBOROUGH HUB DESIGN

THE Southborough Hub and theatre will not be built with its original eye-catching design due to cost cutting.

Councillors have been told that ‘value engineering’ has led to the rounded glass and copper frontage, revealed with initial plans in 2015, being scrapped.

Instead, new contractor Baxall Construction will present a more cost efficient design later this year.

Kent County Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Southborough Town Council are jointly behind the project, which is now likely to cost several million pounds, but less than the £30million previously stated.

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LESS THAN ONE IN TEN STREET CRIMES WERE SOLVED BY POLICE

Less than 9 per cent of ‘street crimes’ reported in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge & Malling are being solved, new figures show.

The Sunday Times released data this week which shows how thousands of reports to Kent Police are not ending with suspects being caught or punished.

Street crime relates to robbery, burglary, criminal damage and arson. In Tunbridge Wells last year there were 6,950 reports, for which 8.59 per cent were solved.

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FRESH CALLS FOR NEW TRAINLINE FROM TUNBRIDGE WELLS WEST

Fresh calls have been made for a new trainline from Tunbridge Wells West station.

Supporters of Brighton Main Line 2 [BML2] have long campaigned for the link to be brought back into mainstream use to offer an alternative route to London and a direct link to Brighton.

BML2 group member Brian Hart told the Times that latest plans for the development involve a tunnel link under central London to offer passengers a link to Canary Wharf.

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LEAD CONTRACTOR APPOINTED FOR CALVERLEY SQUARE PROJECT

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has appointed Mace as lead contractor for its Calverley Square project; the development of new office building, theatre, underground car park and public square in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE TIMES BUSINESS AWARDS 2018

And finally, last week was the third Times Business Awards.

To find out the winners on the night, click here.