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 more than 500 visitors at the exhibition. Herne Bay should feel justifiably proud of the interest the town is attracting. This really highlighted the success stories we are seeing.”
Herne Bay Pier Trust unveiled a multicoloured model of an extended pier. The trust’s deputy chairman, Andrea Leach, who works tirelessly to raise funds for the charity, said:
“We are very excited about the summer on the pier platform and have some good events lined up. It was great to see the public’s enthusiasm.”
Herne Bay Coastwatch members, who scour the seas from the Old Bathing Station at weekends, were among those scouting for volunteers. They need spare hands to man the station on Fridays as they prepare for the summer season.
But there were also awkward moments. Coplan Estates, which is managing the stalled Herne Bay Central Development regeneration plan, was placed opposite new group Beach Creative. Beach Creative is dedicated to turning Beach House into a thriving artists’ colony after the building – earmarked for demolition under the Coplan scheme – was given a reprieve.
The developer’s Colin McQueston admitted:
“Three months ago things looked like they were stuck but we are tweaking the proposal and are at last beginning to have some renewed interest.”
The artists looked on politely, wondering whether their new home will survive the summer.
thisiskent 30th Mar 2012