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‘Teach children to respect the area they live in’ plea

Pier Trust appeals to parents after windbreak’s panels smashed

APPEAL: Doreen Stone, chairman of Herne Bay Pier Trust
APPEAL: Doreen Stone, chairman of Herne Bay Pier Trust

PARENTS and teachers are being asked to explain to young people how hard volunteers are working to improve and maintain Herne Bay Pier, which was vandalised once again last week. Members of the Pier Trust were shocked to find that two of the panels installed in the windbreak had been smashed. Chairman Doreen Stone said:

“It is such a shame that after local people raised £12,000 for the panels, which allow people to see through the windbreak to the parade of shops, this mindless vandalism has smashed two of them. This is £1,000 of local fund-raising wasted within a few minutes across five days. Youths were seen throwing stones from the beach and last year someone was hurt by stone-throwing.”

The Pier Trust is appealing to parents and schools who suspect their youngsters may be responsible to explain to them that efforts to improve the pier are for the benefit of the whole of Herne Bay. Those efforts, they say, are due to people giving up their time and money to make Herne Bay a place to enjoy. Ms Stone said:

“We don’t want to accuse anybody – just to ask parents to help stop this pointless vandalism happening. It’s so disheartening for our volunteers, who put in so many hours fundraising, and such a waste of local people’s donations. Come and make the pier a place for all ages and interests to enjoy instead of smashing it. Let’s start a young pier group — there is always plenty to do.”

Holidays

The trust is planning to have the sit-in café, stage, canopy and toilets ready for the summer holidays. Water and electrics are being installed In the platform huts and the first four food outlets are already open. More huts will be opened in May, including an ice-cream parlour the Green Door Deli, pet supplies, art work, smoothies, sweets and memorabilia. The open food shops include the café next to the bouncy castle, Thai food, Venezuelan Joe, the chocolate shop and, opening soon, Petit Poisson on the Pier. More than 220 children enjoyed the Easter egg hunt on the pier on Easter Sunday. Gerald McCarthy of the BayPromoTeam said:

“We were appalled to see the damage. The pier is a primary focal point of the seafront, which in turn is the shop window to the town in general. Parents across the area should try to teach children from an early age to respect the area in which they live. The town should rally together to help try to prevent this, and get those responsible to understand and appreciate the thousands of voluntary man-hours that go into it.”

Herne Bay Times, April 22nd 2015

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