Two Dr Who Tardises could be installed on the seafront and at the library in the hope that Dr Who fans will be drawn to the town. And enthusiasts could find they are bigger than they look, as the plan is for them to be working police boxes to allow people to contact emergency services.
Furniture maker Jason Onion revealed his sci-fi vision at a meeting of Herne Bay councillors on Tuesday and was rewarded with a round of applause. The 35-year-old moved back to Herne Bay from Cornwall and is eager to make a positive contribution for the community. He said:
“This seemed like a brilliant opportunity to tie in with the programme’s 50th anniversary and do something good for the town.”
His unusual idea would also be a celebration of Anthony Coburn, the first writer of the show who lived in Herne Bay. Jason hopes to incorporate internet wi-fi connection and a 360 degree CCTV camera in the top light to deter vandals. Councillors voted unanimously to refer the plans to city council’s ruling executive committee. Andrew Cook, councillor for Heron said:
“This is a great idea. We should seize this opportunity for Herne Bay.”
Jason plans to build the Tardis himself and suggests that reclaimed wood from the pier could be used. Ultimately the police box would be auctioned off in 2013 on the show’s 50th anniversary and proceeds would be donated to charity.
HB Times 23rd Jun 2011