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Council to cut ties with Pier Trust

It seems that our beloved Council didn't like what they heard at the Pier Trust AGM, and have decided that the Pier Trust simply can't be trusted with the Pier. Dawn Hudd has produced a document for consideration by the CCC Executive on 13th December, and it is peppered with sad and telling phrases:

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Herne Bay Pier bosses are positive about future

Pier Trust bosses denied 2012 had been a "troubled" year and insisted next year was going to be fantastic. New chairman Doreen Stone told members at the annual meeting that trustees were feeling very positive about the future.

She said trustees were united in the view that the pier platform should be developed as a short-term project and that long-term the pier should be rebuilt.

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The Pier Trust’s A&EGM

Well, the Pier Trust meeting on 27th November turned out to be a mixture of shambolic, puzzling and inspirational.

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Herne Bay Pier Trust reveal plans for country’s first pier marina

This is how Herne Bay’s Victorian pier could look if a £70 million plan to build a marina around the derelict old pier head goes ahead. The ambitious scheme was unveiled last night by the Herne Bay Pier Trust and would be the first of its kind in the country. Members also announced a raft of short-term plans, which include …

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Who will save the pierhead?

The Council won't and the Pier Trust can't

Today's HB Gazette highlights the worsening state of the pierhead. Apparently it's outside the Pier Trust's remit, and the Council just watches from the shore to see if the lightbulbs need changing - their bare legal obligation.

If we do nothing, time and tide will take their toll, and we will have nothing but rust and memories.

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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 …

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Pier review

Well, it's all kicking off over at the Pier Trust - name-calling, playground threats, hair-pulling, you name it.

Once upon a time, the Herne Bay Pier Trust had a nice little Facebook site which people would saunter over to from time to time, to find out what was new, and add their words of wisdom and encouragement.

How times change.

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News from the end of the Pier

Herne Bay Pier Trust Newsletter

Spring 2012

Hello members,

Well, we have had a lot of coverage about the future of the pier in the local press over the last few weeks – some of it correct and some… rather misleading. So we thought our members would like to have the facts from the horse’s mouth.

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HB Exhibition at King’s Hall

There was commerce, campaigners, councillors and charities crammed into Herne Bay’s Kings Hall for the town’s annual business expo exhibition. It was opened by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury Ian Thomas on Wednesday. The city council’s senior projects manager, Patrick Rynne, who helped to arrange the event, said: “There were 46 businesses and 22 projects represented in the hall, with …

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Council demolition failure

Now this is interesting. Firstly Mr McMahan doesn’t say where his figure of £750,000 comes from – is this what CCC have actually paid the contractors? – but I really like his idea that money generated from the demolition could have been re-invested in the Pier. Secondly, the Council spokesman (Wormtongue, as I think of him) seems to be having …

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