This year marks 50 years since the creation of Tonbridge and Malling as a local authority area. While much as changed over the last five decades, our commitment to make a positive impact on the lives of our residents, businesses and visitors has remained constant.

The district was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. It covered the whole area of two former districts and part of a third, all of which were abolished at the same time:

  • Malling Rural District
  • Tonbridge Rural District (parishes of Hadlow and Hildenborough only)
  • Tonbridge Urban District

The district received borough status on 16 December 1983, changing the name of the council from Tonbridge and Malling District Council to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and allowing the chair of the council to take the title of mayor.

What we are doing

We plan to mark this milestone in a number of ways, including a tree planting project and a community grant scheme to recognise the many good causes that operate in our borough.

We would also love to hear your stories past and present about what makes Tonbridge and Malling special. You can share them on social media using #TM50.

  • Learn more about our corporate strategy and what we aim to do over the next four years.
  • Sign up to our online newsletter and stay updated with what's going on in the borough or in your area.
  • Connect with us on social media to join the conversation and share your memories.

Celebrating 50 years of TMBC