This is our monthly look at some of the local stories making the headlines in October.
Bewl Water Country Park has been sold in a multi-million pound deal to the Markerstudy Group. The sale involving the 1,000-acre site – which includes the stunning 770 acre reservoir – is expected to be completed with Kent Attractions early next year. Contracts were exchanged last month with completion agreed for January 2016. With substantial investment and improvement plans underway, the group says it will be working closely with visitors, clubs, residents and the council to ensure that ‘Bewl Water prospers and continues to play a key role in boosting the economy in Kent.’
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For the second year running, The Gallery hair salon in Southborough has been named Hairdresser of the Year at the British Hairdressing Business Awards. The salon, which recently celebrated its 20th birthday, were surprised by the win, especially as they faced stiff nationwide competition from the likes of the Trevor Sorbie Salon in London.
“We really didn’t expect it to be us again this year,” says salon director Lorenzo Colangelo. “I have to thank my wonderful team as this award wouldn’t have been possible without their dedication and hard work. And of course our wonderful clients.”
Lifestyle Renault, Tunbridge Wells Renault retailer has been named a Dealer of Excellence by the French carmaker. The dealership on Langton Road earned the distinction after an in-depth independent customer care evaluation by global market research experts J.D.Power.
The evaluation focused on the experience of new car service customers and saw the performance of each dealer in Renault’s UK network measured in two ways – first a comprehensive customer satisfaction survey and then an extensive on-site audit for the top performing dealerships.
Only 20 dealerships nationwide, including Lifestyle Renault, achieved the highest standards to receive Dealer of Excellence status.
The Nuffield Health Tunbridge Wells Hospital was turned into a film set when camera crews recorded an episode of Channel 4’s Bodyshockers. Leading consultant plastic surgeon Marc Pacifico was filmed removing pectoral implants for an episode which will be broadcast early in 2016.
“‘The procedure was fairly standard, but it’s not normal for me to have a camera man at my elbow the whole time, so that added an extra dimension,” says Marc Pacifico. “But it was great to be able to show the options we can offer to people who have changed their minds about something they have had done to their body and how good the results can be.”
A trader whose flower stall was at risk of being put out of business following a decision to revoke her licence has claimed victory in her battle to get the decision withdrawn.
Dawn Smith, who runs Mrs Florist on Tunbridge Wells High Street was facing a bleaker winter after Tunbridge Wells Borough Council voted to revoke the licensing scheme under which she operated, but after a huge campaign the council have backtracked.
“It is a really progressive move for the council to think again about the decision and come to see the scheme in such a positive light,” says Dawn. “I also want to thank the High Street Traders’ Association for all their help in securing this victory.”