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Bay’s renewal plan is ‘second best in Europe’

I’m intrigued by this award. I’ve asked the Strasbourg judges for a copy of the prize-winning bid, but they said they weren’t allowed to release it. So I’ve asked Mr Rynne of CCC for a copy – I’ll share it with you when I get it.

Herne Bay’s plans for regeneration are the second best in Europe, according to a European poll. Judges in Strasbourg voted the town’s efforts into second place in the Council of Europe’s Best Practice Awards for Coastal Towns. City council executive member for Herne Bay regeneration Councillor Peter Lee said:

“We’ve beaten off some strong opposition, both in this country and across Europe. That says a lot about the hard work and commitment shown by the council and residents to improve the town we all love. We are obviously very pleased to receive this recognition and look forward to building on all this good work in the coming years.”

He made the announcement at a meeting of the full council on Thursday. The bid included the new Bay Sports Arena and extended Herons Leisure Centre, improvements to the Memorial Park, plans for a Coastal Park as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the exciting future for the town’s pier and the effectiveness of the Herne Bay Area Action Plan.

Jurors said they had been “impressed by the quality and innovative spirit of the council’s Herne Bay regeneration project, as an encouraging practice for the regeneration of coastal towns.”

Friends of Memorial Park, the Herne Bay in Bloom committee and Herne Bay Town Partners were cited as examples of strong community co-operation. Judges also took into account plans for a Diamond Jubilee coastal park. Top prize was won by the Ukrainian seaside resort of Yevpatoria.

This is Kent Friday, May 04, 2012

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