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Showtime for end of the pier

The helter skelter and the pool at the pier head
The helter skelter and the pool at the pier head

The pier trust is hoping to breathe new life into the Herne Bay landmark with string of wooden kiosks, a performance stage and bumper boats. It also wants to use the centre of the pier head for markets and shows.

The trust has applied to Canterbury City Council’s planning department for permission to put up 2 timber kiosks to add to the 12 already there. It also wants to put up a temporary wooden stage plus restaurant and seating area for at least four different outlets. Doreen Stone, chairman of the Herne Bay Pier Trust, said:

“The aim is to breathe new life into the place, to give it a real community feel and really bring the place alive. We hope to have lots of different community events going on. Whether it’s a market, a dog show, dance or music, we want people to come to us. We also want the stage to become permanent. This is exactly what the traditional pier is about.”

Trust chairman Doreen Stone with the huts behind
Trust chairman Doreen Stone with the huts behind

An architect’s design statement to the planning department reads:

“The proposal is to expand the amount of kiosks on the pier and introduce activities and events throughout the year. This will stimulate the use of the pier further and also attract more visitors that are interested in the events that are occurring.”

Twelve timber kiosks already line the corridor leading up to the rectangular pier head. The designs statement adds:

“The kiosks have not only stimulated the use of the pier but have also attracted visitors. It has complemented the work that has gone on to date in the regeneration of the Herne Bay seafront, which has included the central bandstand and Tower Gardens.”

A helter-skelter on the pier is now allowed to be permanent and a small pool next to it will be for children to ride on battery-powered boats. Anyone interested in renting a kiosk can drop a note into the letterbox at the entrance to the pier.

Herne Bay Gazette, June 26th 2014

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