We are disappointed that the city council decided to dispose of yet another public lavatory for what seems to us to be a paltry sum when set against the needs of visitors to the city, shoppers and tourists. If the council is short of £198,000 then surely it should use its healthy reserves rather than remove another public asset. Also, we would strongly oppose any above ground development of this site which would significantly detract from the Conservation Area, the city wall and the surrounding area. The height above ground would be greater than the cars parked along the wall, and would be highly visible, especially as the proposals are for a glass and steel building. What with these proposals, the suggested alterations to Slatters and the unattractive block of flats proposed for Rhodaus Town, the council seems unable or unwilling to halt the adverse effects upon the appearance and architectural merits of what is left of our lovely and historic old city.
Barrie Gore, Ashford Road, Charing
Herne Bay Gazette, April 23rd 2015