The four-day county cricket festival, held in Tunbridge Wells for more than 100 years, hangs in the balance still. Despite the local economy benefitting greatly from the event, the council are undecided if they will invest £25,000 a year to ensure this 100 year old event remains in the town.

The borough fears that Kent cricket will be taken away from Tunbridge Wells due to the quality of the pitch. Council leader, David Jukes, has so far declined the support because ‘they [the council] do not receive any direct benefit; ticket sales, car park revenue”.

We think this £25,000 subsidy is loose change in comparison to the £350,000 Tunbridge Wells Borough Council will need each year to subsidise the new theatre. We’d like to see the county cricket festival remain in Tunbridge Wells.