About Us

View from St Mary's
View from St Marys Church Goudhurst

Our Vision

‘To ensure Goudhurst remains a vibrant community of hilltop settlements that are safe, balanced and sustainable with good local services, employment and business opportunity ’

Our Mission

To deliver services to our community that meet the needs of all our residents and visitors

  • Our Objectives
    • Deliver all services provided by the Parish Council within an annual budget
    • Provide governance and control over all areas of our activities to ensure we meet all legal requirements
    • Maintain all assets in our community ensuring they continue to meet the needs of the community and our legal obligations
    • Review all planning applications proposed within the Parish and ensure a our views are delivered to Tunbridge Wells in support of there decision process
    • To work with Highways England and KCC to monitor and develop strategies to moderate and mitigate traffic concerns  and reduce the impact of traffic on our community
    • To continue to improve communication within and across the Parish.
    • To promote Goudhurst as a destination and base ensuring the future viability of our community, our high street and local businesses

Your Parish Councillors

Your Parish Council has twelve members. Below is a brief profile and contact details.

Anthony Harris

Chairman

Phil Kirkby

Vice Chairman

Goudhurst Ward

Cllr Barry Noakes

Barry is a member of the Business & Communications, Planning and Policy committees. He is also a member of the Burial Authority.

Church House, High Street, Goudhurst TN17 1AJ 01580 211427

Cllr David Boniface

David is Chairman of the Highways Committee and is a member of the Amenities, Business & Communications and Policy committees.

Chestnuts Beresford Road, Goudhurst TN17 1DN 01580 211430

Cllr Craig Broom

Craig has lived in the Parish for 34 years. Craig joined the Parish Council in 2019 having previously been involved in writing of the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Plan. Craig is Chairman of the Business & Communications and Planning committees. He is also a member of the Finance, Highways, Policy and Youth committees.

Gill House, Cranbrook Road, Goudhurst TN17 2PA, 01580 211316

Cllr Alan Foster

Alan is Vice-chairman of the Amenities and Planning committees. He is also a member of the Highways and Policy committees.

1 Wallfield Gardens, Balcombes Lane, Goudhurst TN17 1AT, 01580 211070

Cllr Mrs Caroline Richards

I joined Goudhurst Parish Council in 2018 and am Chair of the Burial Authority; I also sit on the Amenities, Planning and Policy committees. I have lived in Goudhurst since 1992 when I moved here with my husband and three very young sons. Over the years, I have been involved in various charity and volunteering roles. I am a keen long-distance runner and greatly enjoy our footpath trails. This gives me the added motivation to keep the network of footpaths across the parish clear and well-marked and I hope thereby to encourage more of us out into our breathtakingly beautiful countryside.

Cherry Gardens Farm, Jarvis Lane, Goudhurst TN17 2NP 01580 211933

Cllr Philip Kirkby Vice-Chairman

Phil is Chairman of the Youth & Housing Committee and is a member of the Burial Authority, Amenities, Finance and Policy committees.

2 Grand View, North Road Goudhurst TN17 1AS 01580 211037

Cllr Alison Webster

Alison is a member of the Amenities, Highways, Planning, Policy and Youth committees.

East Winchet, Winchet Hill, Goudhurst, TN17 1JX 01580 211458

Kilndown Ward

Cllr Christopher Ditton

Chris was born in Hawkhurst and spent most of his life living and working in and around Cranbrook before moving to Kilndown in 2007, giving him a well-rounded knowledge of the Parish. Chris joined the Parish Council in 2017 and Chairs the Amenities Committee. He is also a member of the Burial Authority and sits on the Business & Communications, Finance, Planning and Policy committees. Chris is a trustee of The Millennium Green, Village Hall and Quarry Centre in Kilndown.

Mouseden, Scotney Castle Estate, Lamberhurst, TN3 8JD 01892 891475

Cllr David Knight also a Borough Councillor for Goudhurst & Lamberhurst

In the Parish Elections in 2019, I was nominated for the Kilndown ward and was delighted to have been elected onto the Parish Council.

I am currently working on the Business & Communications, Finance, Youth & Housing and Policy & Staffing committees as well as representing the Parish Council in Kilndown at the Village Hall, Quarry Centre and The Millennium Green.

Priors Heath Farm, Priors Heath, Goudhurst TN17 2RG 01580 890089 https://www.david-knight.org

Cllr Guy Sutton

Guy is a member of the Amenities, Business & Communications, Highways and Policy committees. He is also a member of the Burial Authority.

Evanden Farm, Church Road, Kilndown TN17 2RT 01892 890332

Curtisden Green Ward

Cllr Antony HarrisChairman

Antony is Chairman of the Finance and Policy committees. He is also a member of the Business & Communications and Planning committees.

The Oast House, Curtisden Green, Cranbrook TN17 1LL 01580 211329

Borough & County Councillors

Cllr Dr Linda Hall

High Meadows, Curtisden Green, Cranbrook TN17 1LA 01580 213468 County Councillor

Cllr Seán Holden

Kent County Council County Hall, Maidstone ME14 1XQ 07717 853571

Clerks to Goudhurst Parish Council

Mrs Claire Reed Clerk to Goudhurst Parish Council

01580 212552 07494 117313 clerk@goudhurst-pc.gov.uk

The Hop Bine, Risebridge Farm, Ranters Lane, Goudhurst TN17 1HN.

Anthony Farnfield MBE Deputy Clerk and Finance Officer to Goudhurst Parish Council

01580 212552 deputy.clerk@goudhurst-pc.gov.uk

The Hop Bine, Risebridge Farm, Ranters Lane, Goudhurst TN17 1HN.

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