Volunteers have issued an appeal to parents to help them track down the youths responsible for a spate of vandalism in Herne Bay. The Pier Trust was left stunned to find that panels in the windbreak had been smashed twice In five days. Then on Thursday last week vandals struck again at Beach Creative in Beach Street, smashing windows at the back of the gallery. It has prompted an appeal from Pier Trust chairman Doreen Stone to parents to help curb the attacks. She said:
“It is such a shame that, after local people raised £12,000 for the panels, this mindless vandalism has smashed two. It is £1,000 worth of fundraising wasted in just a few minutes. Youths were seen throwing stones from the beach. So we want schools and parents who suspect their children might be responsible to explain to them the efforts we put in for the benefit of the whole of Herne Bay. Rather than destroy what we are doing, they would be welcome to help us paint, protect and improve the pier. We don’t want to accuse anybody. We just want to ask parents to help stop this pointless vandalism happening. It is so disheartening for our volunteers. To the vandals we say, come and make the pier a place for all ages and interests to enjoy instead of smashing it.”
Beach Creative director Mandy Broughton added:
“We had every single glass pane broken at the back, and we can’t afford to fix it. We’ve boarded it up, but there have been rocks thrown at windows upstairs. Sometimes after the boot fair things which are left behind are thrown at the gallery.”
The Pier Trust will be setting up a new young pier group for people to join and help plan activities or events for the platform. The trust is busy working on a new eat-in café, a music stage, and canopy ahead of the summer holidays. New retail and food huts are due to open in May. The latest exhibition at Beach Creative is called Political Fantasy, with a range of pieces produced in time for this year’s general election. Police were called about the incidents, but they have not been linked.
Herne Bay Gazette, April 23rd 2015