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Herne Bay Pier: the future’s green

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How the barrage by the pier could look

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HERNE BAY could be taking a bold leap into the future if plans for a “green pier” come to fruition.

The proposals were aired at last week’s annual general meeting of the Herne Bay Pier Trust and comprise a tidal lagoon, a barrage and turbines that would capture the energy of the tide and create energy.

The trust is determined to carry on with its plans for a technically advanced development at the pier despite the setback of Canterbury City Council rejecting its proposal for solar panels.

The meeting was told that a feasibility study of tidal range showed that it was possible for a lagoon to be established.

It was estimated that between £10 million and £15 million would be needed to create a barrage and lagoon.

It could, though, generate electricity valued at £500,000 a year, according to Andy Cook, a pier trustee.

“We have had a feasibility study from marine experts that showed it could be done,” he said. “There would be an outlay of up to £15 million, but once in place it could produce half a million pounds a year through hydropower.

“There would be charge generated by the tide on the way in and on the way out.

“The lagoon would stop any potential problem with silting.”

And the money?

“We would look to raise much of this through grants,” said Mr Cook.

Members of the trust also learnt about architect Tim Sanderson’s ideas for the front of the pier.

“They ticked a lot of the boxes in terms of designs,” said Mr Cook.

To learn more about how the pier could look in future, read next week’s copy of the Herne Bay Times.

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