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Cultural Trail

The Herne Bay Cultural Trail is a step by step trip through the history of Herne Bay from the bronze-age through to the modern day. See the historical, famous faces and postcard from Herne Bay murals. The statue of Sir Barnes Wallis and thirteen other key attractions. The Cultural Trail is open throughout the year, 7 days a week.

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Museum is valued

I was absolutely appalled at the comments made by Jim Williamson in his letter regarding the intended closure at Herne Bay museum (“Scrap boring museums, Your Views, Hems Bay Times, March 4). It appears his dislike of it dates back to childhood but he has said that the building is full of worthless objects and that nobody ever goes there, and …

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A potted history

The present town was founded in the early nineteen hundreds by London speculators who noting the unspoilt charm of the Bay planned a new resort to be named St Augustine's. However, the name did not catch on and it continued to be known as Herne Bay after the nearby village.

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£1m cost-cut aim with hope of saving museums

Merging services with other councils will prevent the closure of museums and libraries in the future – that is the hope of Canterbury City Council chief executive Colin Carmichael. Councillors agreed on Thursday to join forces with Dover and Thanet district councils in delivering housing services, IT, face-to-face contact centre and customer services, revenues and benefits, residual housing and building control. …

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Museums will stay open but spending cuts pushed through

The expected siege of the Guildhall in Canterbury over the city council’s controversial budget cuts failed to materialise on Thursday night. Extra security was drafted in but there were only about 60 protesters, half the number expected. They were unable to persuade the council from passing key elements of the savings, including closing the Westgate Hall, public toilets, increasing parking …

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Humberts Leisure report on the Pier

Herne Bay's museum and Kings Hall should be sold off to pay for the redevelopment of town's pier, a new report has suggested. The document, which was written for the city council by consultants Humberts Leisure at a cost of £10,000, reveals few developers are interested in working on the pier and suggests local firms may be the only hope.

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Wall of silence

The council taxpayers of Herne Bay have just received a reassuring message from the city council. Apparently the town’s museum is not being closed after all - it just will not be open to members of the public! Talk about semantic gibberish!

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Lib Dems oppose museum cuts

The Conservative councillors currently running Canterbury City Council seem determined to close some of our most loved and culturally important local museums. They are blaming cuts in grants from central government, but in reality government funding to Canterbury City Council increased by 2.4% this year. These cuts have been specifically chosen by the Conservatives. It is a matter of making …

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Voters need a choice – and an explanation

What price democracy? Having written to officers and councillors in December about my concerns at the proposed closure to Herne Bay Museum, I sat back and, it would seem wrongly, assumed that democracy would take its course. But no! I have received no reply from either senior officers to whom I wrote or senior elected representatives. I am now very deeply …

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Better ways to improve to which would cost less

Regarding the plan to regenerate the centre of Herne Bay (Goodbye To All That At A Cost of £35m, Herne Bay Gazette, January 21). Personally, I do not think too much of it.  If you are spending so much money, I can’t see where there will be any profit. The money could be spent more wisely in keeping the roads …

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