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Turnpike Trust puts seaside town on a fast track to development

HERNE Bay’s coastal location and proximity to Canterbury contributed to its development as a resort and town that was relatively recent compared with some of its neighbours. Charles Seymour writing in 1776 mentions sea-bathing at Herne Bay as well as the availability of accommodation for families. Regular visits of coastal trading vessels and colliers from Sunderland and Newcastle had long …

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Five things that make Herne Bay so great

Community spirit, a stunning seafront and independent shops are just some of the reasons we love Herne Bay. But what do other people think? Here are our five favourites from suggestions made by our Facebook fans: 1) The BayPromoTeam (and the residents) Herne Bay would definitely be a duller place without these fantastic volunteers. They have brought us the Zombie …

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John Gilbey’s blueprint for Herne Bay

The Leader of our Council has produced a blueprint for debate. As he says: As a member of the City Council for 11 years and as Portfolio Holder for Regeneration for 9 years, I have had a unique insight into many issues across the District and the County. I don’t have all the answers to questions that are asked and …

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Not everything city council does is bad

It is a pity that everything about council-related policy in the papers/letters seems to be so black and white, whether it be the council (in effect “we have done everything right”) or some protesters who list a string of decisions as all wrong and equally wrong. Decisions like trying to sell off a chunk of the Herne Bay Downs to …

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Dakota flypast

As part of the Dambusters 70th Anniversary, Herne Bay was treated to this flypast. The plane is older than most of the people who watched, and in better nick.

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Council refuses to back village green status bid

A campaign group will not have the backing of the council in its efforts to have The Downs in Herne Bay certified as a village green. The Save Our Downs group has been urging the council to support the application, which if successful would mean that the area would be open to the public for free forever and that any …

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Drama on the foreshore

All sorts of noise and drama down by the Coastwatch Lookout this morning (31st July). It appears that a lady had fallen off her bike and injured her back or neck. This was right outside the Lookout, where the black and yellow barrier crosses the prom. The barrier was vertical by the time I got there, but it might have …

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The Hundred Steps Garden

Herne Bay in Bloom and the Friends of the Downs working together The Friends of The Downs is a newly formed group of Herne Bay residents, chaired by local ward councillor Gillian Reuby. The Friends are the focus for the future care and management of the Downs area, to ensure that the area is well looked after and continues to …

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Have your say about beach huts

Community groups are to have their say about plans for more beach huts in Herne Bay. Councillors agreed to ask for people’s views about proposals to site extra huts at a range of locations, including two sites on the Downs. But campaigners from the Friends of the Downs said the peace of the area would be spoilt by extra huts. …

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Daft huts

Campaigners have slated plans to put beach huts at the foot of the Downs as “daft and opportunistic”. Phil Rose, founder of the Friends of the Downs, said: “I thought this idea was dead in the water. This time officers are trying to put beach huts on the concrete rather than the slopes. But our concerns remain about vandalism. The …

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