Democracy and Standards
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is composed of 48 Councillors
representing 20 wards across the borough. One third of the Council
is elected each year except when a County Council election takes
place once every four years. Councillors are democratically
accountable to residents of their ward, and can be found in
our find your councillor pages.
After the election on 3 May 2012, the political
composition of the Council is:
- Conservatives 37
- Liberal Democrats 5
- Independent 2
- Labour 2
- UK Independence Party 2
At its annual meeting the Council elects the Mayor and the
Leader of the Council, and appoints the Deputy Mayor for the
following year. The Council also appoints members of the Cabinet on
the Leader's recommendation. Decisions are also made by Councillors
who meet as various committees and boards.
Key members of the Council are:
Councillors' Annual Reports and Register of Member's
The purpose of the Annual Report is to provide an opportunity
for Councillors to demonstrate their engagement with, and on behalf
of their communities, in community development, consultation and
The Register of Member's Interests includes interests
Councillors' may have as a result of their Council role such as
representing the Council on outside bodies but also interests that
they may have external to their role on the Council - for example,
Councillors may hold business or professional interests, belong to
political parties or be members of certain organisations.
To view each Councillors' interests and annual report please
visit the Individual members page.
Members' Allowance and Expenses Scheme
The Council has an allowance and expenses scheme for members
consisting of: a basic allowance paid to all members; a travel and
subsistence allowance; and a special responsibility allowance.
Please click on the link for more information Allowances
How to become a Councillor
If you are interested in becoming a Councillor you may find our
Councillor' leaflet useful.
A link to the Local Government
Association might be of interest too.
Complaints about Councillors
If you wish to make a complaint about a councillor please
complete the Complaint
Form. Details of the procedure for making a complaint about a
Borough, Parish or Town Councillor can be viewed on this link
Arrangements for Dealing with Code of Conduct Complaints. For
further advice please contact the Monitoring Officer via email
or telephone 01892 554257.