I can in no way take issue with GB Grundon’s remarks, made as a marine civil engineer, on the proposals for a pier marina. However, I do believe, having been professionally engaged in tourism for some 45 years, to be qualified to give a different view to him that Herne Bay should push for a new pier. By implication he …Read More »
Herne Bay's future centres on tourism - it's a business model that is tried and trusted, it's well-understood and it's sustainable.
It makes sense to make the most of the most obvious quality Herne Bay has - the fact that it's a nice little town by the seaside.
Tourism is not isolated from the rest of the local economy, quite the reverse. Our vistors - whether coming for a day trip, a weekend, or longer - generate business and spread wealth at every turn. B&B room tabs, restaurant bills, pub rounds, shop tills, even parking meters.
Money, time and effort spent encouraging tourism in Herne Bay is not expenditure, it's investment.
But Canterbury City Council seems to think differently.Read More »
I would like to let you know that I strongly object against any night flights in Manston airport between 11pm and 7am.
The airport already causes a lot of noise and pollution. Should the proposed plans go ahead, my life – and those of thousands of other people – will be even more affected by noise, stress and illnesses.
No to Night Flights
Ramsgate has many listed building that cannot have double glazing – windows rattle when the Cargo Monsters fly over.Read More »
For your delectation, ladies and gentlemen, here’s the loveliest piece of public art I’ve seen in a long time. In the middle of the Chicago, a long strip of land near the coast of Lake Michigan was reclaimed – it used to be railway sidings, but was converted into a Millennium Park. (It was finished four years late and over …Read More »
Charles Buchanan (CEO, Manston Airport) from the night flights proposal: Today some 110 staff are employed by the airport, with approximately a further 40 employed in servicing the operation of the airport. The airport currently generates £4.5m GVA (Gross Added Value) of which some £3.8m is within the Thanet economy … development in line with the published Master Plan would …Read More »
Wouldn’t it be a huge boost for the local tourist industry if Manston could actually develop a viable passenger business?
The UK currently runs a “tourism deficit” of £19 billion a year and about £17 billion of that flies out of the UK every year with people flying abroad on holiday. This aviation tourism deficit is costing the UK about 900,000 jobs a year because people spend their money abroad instead of here.Read More »
The BBC have been doing a video survey around Britain’s coast, and arrived at Herne Bay: Larger seaside resorts in the South East such as Hastings, Eastbourne and Margate have attracted significant investment with millions of pounds being spent on the Jerwood, the Towner and the Turner Contemporary galleries. How are smaller resorts such as Herne Bay holding their own …Read More »
This is an on going project to regenerate the centre of Herne Bay. It was a premier Victorian resort, which is divided into three distinct areas including the seafront, the town centre and the Memorial Park, which is its green heart. The park is close to the town centre and seafront and links to the coastal cycle path. Connecting the …Read More »
Special pleading, spineless bleating
Bosses at Manston are calling on the government to implement a "congestion charge" at London's main airports because of the "devastating impact" of Air Passenger Duty (APD) on smaller airports. The proposal is part of Manston's submission to the government's consultation on APD, which it is estimated could cost the public, visitors and businesses an extra £1bn a year.
Manston is arguing that the tax will severely hit regional economies, and in particular the tourism sector, by hindering the growth of regional airports. As a result Manston is proposing that the most effective way to deliver the government's "Better not Bigger" initiative is to set APD levels at a lower level for uncongested regional airports with significant available capacity to help alleviate congestion and improve the passenger experience at the main London airports.Read More »
I think it was a mistake to remove Herne Bay's dedicated Visitor Information Centre. Tourism caused our town to be built in the first place, and has been the mainstay of our micro-economy for decades. A thriving local tourism industry will be a more effective engine of regeneration than a new supermarket.
I was pottering around Canterbury in mid-May and popped into their Information Centre out of curiousity. This was when I found the solitary sheet of A4 promoting Herne Bay - click the little version on the left to see a more legible version. I was not impressed. When I got back to Herne Bay, I had a look at the tourist information locations, and wasn't encouraged. So I started harrumphing to the local rags...Read More »