COUNCILLORS have given cash to two community groups that have plans for the town’s seafront. Shopmobility, a charity providing wheelchairs and mobility scooters to rent, and Herne Bay Pier Trust both applied for grants from the town’s area member panel. The panel, made up of all Herne Bay councillors, had £10,000 to spend over the year for local projects but the two latest grants mean the coffers are now empty. Shopmobility applied for £2,000 to set up a temporary base near the pier in the summer so more people could benefit from their services. Reculver councillor Ann Taylor, who is also Sheriff of Canterbury said people often did not realise they existed. She said:
“The idea is for them to go to the pier entrance and have a gazebo and then people coming to Herne Bay can hire a scooter rather than struggling with a wheelchair.”
Councillors awarded them the full amount but warned the mobile office must be of high quality. Trustees of Herne Bay Pier Trust had applied for more than £700 to create 1950s-style postcards to decorate the front flaps of the huts on the pier. Cllr Andrew Cook, who is one of the trustees, said the group would be working with the CT6 art group, Herne Bay Umbrella and other community groups. He said:
“It is not just for the pier, it is a community group package too. The idea is to make it look nice and interesting when the huts are closed.”
The panel awarded £764 to the trust. They have now spent all of their grants for this financial year.
Herne Bay Times, January 23rd 2014