Town clock tower project receives £250k Lottery grant
PLANS to restore Herne Bay’s historic seafront clock tower have been given the green light with the approval of a £250,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant. The project, which Is being led by the city council in partnership with the Friends of Herne Bay Clock Tower will mean major refurbishment of the building takes place. Modern LED lighting will be installed, along with four web-cams on the top of the clock tower and one inside showing the workings, with the pictures relayed live to a website. Displays relating to the history of the clock tower will be created in a shop on the seafront as a visitor attraction and resource for schools. Other activities include publishing an updated version of a book about the tower by Bay historian Mike Bundock and the development of culture and heritage walks around the town in partnership with Herne Bay Improvement Trust. The project began in autumn 2012 when the council submitted a phase one funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. In April 2013, a development grant of £16,100 was awarded and work began on the phase two bid for the full grant. The council is also contributing £100,000 to the project.
Restoration work to the clock tower’s stonework is scheduled to begin in May. Executive member for Herne Bay regeneration, Councillor Peter Lee, said:
So much hard work went into the bid for this Heritage Lottery Fund grant and I am very pleased for everyone who has been involved that we have been successful. It really is fantastic news. The people of Herne Bay love their clock tower. It’s wonderful that we will now be able to fully restore it and create a new attraction on the seafront.
Herne Bay Times, March 27th 2014