Wild Swimming

Dec 24, 2019

There has been widespread concern about the recent flooding in Kent and, indeed, the Parish of Capel and other local areas. To highlight the problems one of our Save Capel team ­- Jackie Cobell – has recently taken a swim along the flooded Hartlake Road, which is one the edge of the proposed new Tudeley town. Please watch the amazing video at

This is not something we would recommend that anyone tries; however, Jackie is a regular and highly experienced open water swimmer who swam the Channel in 2010. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-10782301

Jackie is a Capel resident. She wanted to draw attention to the flooding issues that are already a huge concern across the parish and the surrounding areas. Adding many thousands more houses – many on floodplain ­– will only exacerbate a problem that is already out of control, and will put many more existing homes in danger of flooding in the local area and neighbouring boroughs.

Jackie is also a talented artist. Her love of Capel inspired her to paint a mural showing her favourite places around this greenbelt Parish, with its abundance of wildlife and beautiful landscape.

Dave Lovell

Save Capel Ecology Team

Addendum: Here’s a Kent Online article… hot off the press! https://www.kentonline.co.uk/weald/news/well-soon-be-the-patio-of-england-219079/

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#GardenVillageVisions Would you be prepared to look at the proposals for Capel when the Masterplan is published next year, and give us your assessment?

#GardenVillageVisions Where transport infrastructure in existing new garden villages has not been put in place despite promises, is there documentation showing why the plans were not deliverable? This would be useful to show where a new development is not workable.

#GardenVillageVisions Your findings around what is proposed not being realised is concerning. How do we ensure the deliverability of the proposals? And how do we hold the developers to account?

#GardenVillageVisions Are there resources showing costs for roads, cycle paths, bus services etc. for recently built developments? Our local borough is promising excellent infrastructure for the proposed stand-alone 2600 home development but we are concerned it is not viable.

. @TfNHomes
We also have one of the highest car ownership/usage already in Kent & well above the national average with no credible mitigation proposed. Section 10 of your report sounded very familiar and we have some questions. #GardenVillageVisions 2 of 2

. @TfNHomes Hi, we are in Capel Parish, Tunbridge Wells Borough, facing 4300+ homes in a rural community that would create urban merger across the entire parish. This includes a new garden village and the doubling of a small town on GV principles. #GardenVillageVisions 1 of 2