Security will be stepped up at Herne Bay Pier after vandals caused havoc after dark.
Two weeks ago two tables appeared overnight on the pier platform and after the next night one had been thrown in to the sea. Last week a window was smashed on the pier’s windbreak.
The Herne Bay Pier Trust, which runs and maintains the pier, does so only on donations through fundraising. Any damage such as this sets the funding and the volunteers’ hard work back.
The entrance gates to the pier usually shut at 7.30pm, but volunteers believed that an earlier lockup time might need to be considered. Nominated council trustee Andrew Cook said:
“We think it was when the pier was locked so someone’s gone over the side. So this means we might have to ask for the pier to be locked early, which is a crying shame. We’ll have to step up the action. There’s been complaints of trouble around the shelters. We can’t guarantee it’s connected, but we will be increasing our CCTV.
I think it’s important for us to say that this is not the council doing this, this is volunteers working their backsides off to bring this back in to the centre of the town and every pound we have to earn by sweat and blood to give the people of Herne Bay something and then we have one or two come along and mess it up for everybody else. The reaction we got at the event over Easter was fantastic.”
The Trust members are asking anyone who sees or hears anything suspicious on the pier to contact themselves or the police. A spokesman for Kent Police said :
“Kent Police is aware of damage caused to the pier and officers are liaising with the owners of the pier, Canterbury City Council, to establish the circumstances surrounding it.”
You can find out more on the pier and the Herne Bay Pier Trust by visiting www.hernebaypiertrust.co.uk/