Coming Back to Life - Council Produces Plan for the Local Economy

29th Jun 2020

In a concerted drive to help regenerate the local economy as the pandemic restrictions ease, Tenterden Town Council’s Covid-19 committee, which met on Thursday (25 June), produced a plan which added to measures already introduced including…..


  • Putting up banners across the town, reading ‘Welcome to Tenterden – Shop Local, Eat Local, Buy Local’, with retailers posting the same message in their shop windows.


  • Working with the town’s pubs, restaurants and bars to ensure that, if possible, they can put out their pavement chairs and tables while maintaining social distancing measures for customers and pedestrians.


  • Helping retailers to check that their social distancing measures are adequate – they have also received an information leaflet and advice from Ashford Borough Council (ABC) officials.


  • Asking ABC to freeze parking charges in Tenterden, and allow one or two hours free parking at the Station Road car park, which is normally used for coaches.


  • Re-opening the children’s playground on the Recreation Ground on Saturday, 4 July, as well as the adult gym equipment behind the bowls club; both will be regularly disinfected.


  • Re-opening the public toilets in Station Road. The  Recreation Ground toilets have remained open throughout the pandemic. Again, both will be regularly disinfected.


Says Town Clerk Phil Burgess: “There is a distinct feeling that the town is coming back to life after a prolonged and difficult period.


“We are doing everything we can to support our retailers and, as a major tourist destination, sustain our reputation as The Jewel of the Weald.”