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Town Centre Manager’s report: 21st May 2013

1. Introduction

This report is for
information.

2. Trading in Herne Bay

The first four months of the
year have been difficult for traders, mainly due to the inclement weather and a
national dip in retail sales. The May bank holiday weekend was the start of the
tourist season, with lots of visitors to the town and seafront. The retail
offer in the town is changing and we have seen two large retail units become
vacant, Stead & Simpson’s in Mortimer Street and Odyssey in William Street.
There has been a lot of interest in the units, but it appears that high rents
are putting off interested parties.

Two new micro pubs have
recently opened The Firkin Frog in Station Road and the Bouncing Barrel in Bank
Street.

Beano’s in Mortimer Street
has acquired Fusions Hair, the next door premises and will be extending the
café.

Pizza Direct in Central
Parade, have acquired Shore Play next door and will be opening a pizza
restaurant.

Mushy Peas Fish & Chip
Shop and Restaurant opened in Central Parade; Dolcies have re-located to new
premises in William Street and the former Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant is
under new management.

3. Independent Business

Nigel Handcock from Grass
Media has formed the Herne Bay Independent Retailers Group to actively promote
independent businesses in the town. The TCM is working with the group to offer
support and to advise and assist in creating events for the National
Independent Traders week in July.

4. Free Car Parking Trial

Throughout April the city
council trialled free parking in the Kings Road Car Park for cars parked up to
11am, Monday to Friday. This offer attracted more people to the car park, with
a 66% increase in cars parked at these times in April compared to March. (1048
cars parked in the car park until 11am for the month of April, averaging 35 cars
per day).

5. Christmas Lights 2013

Herne Bay Community Group
Projects Ltd are taking over management of the existing Christmas Lights. They
are currently fund raising and hope to create an outstanding display in Herne
Bay next Christmas. Depending on the success of their funding drive they hope
to increase the displays in the town to include Mortimer Street, William Street
and High Street. Other community groups including: Herne Bay Town Partners,
Herne Bay in Bloom, Bay Promo Team and Beach Creative are supporting this work.

6. Events

  • Sci-Fi by the Sea: 16 June
    2013 organised by the Bay Promo Team.
  • Kings Hall Centenary Celebrations:
    throughout July 2013
  • Herne Bay Carnival 10th August 2013
  • Herne Bay Festival: 17th
    – 25 August 2013, organised by Same Sky. Forty people attended the
    recent meeting called by Same Sky, the organisers of this year’s Herne Bay
    Festival. The majority of the attendees were from local community groups.
  • Herne Bay Motor Show Sunday
    18 August 2013, organised by Herne Bay Town Partners.

Contact Officer: Chris West
Telephone: 01227 868515

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