Pier campaigners are gearing up for two important events surrounding its future. Pier Trust chairman Doreen Stone is leading the bid for ITV Meridian’s People’s Millions programme, and hopes to win £50,000 funding for the platform. The programme will be screened on Monday, November 24, and supporters will be able to vote for the scheme by phone. The money would create a new covered area for a proposed performance and eating area, to allow visitors to remain sheltered from the the elements. She said:
“Getting the £50,000 for cover over the audience and eating areas will make such a difference to the success of our programme next year. It’s a vital week for us and it is the culmination of a lot of work by the Pier Trust. The phone number for people to dial will be in the Daily Mirror and on our website as soon as we have it.”
Supporters can vote up to 20 times 10 times from land lines and 10 from their mobile – at a total cost of about £2.60. Meanwhile, Green Party parliamentary hopeful Ed Targett is hosting a public meeting on Sunday night to review long- term options for rebuilding Herne Bay’s pier. He believes it is time for the debate after different visions for its future have proved so divisive. The meeting will take place at the Kings Hall from 7pm to 9pm. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herne Bay Gazette, November 20th 2014