TWO new cafes and a Savers store in Mortimer Street, along with the relocation of a charity shop to Bank Street… business is booming in the town, according to the city council’s Herne Bay champion. Velia Coffey, who is also Canterbury City Council’s deputy chief executive, was presenting a report on business development to the Herne Bay Area Panel, in which she also highlighted “major developments in 2015”. These included work starting on the site of the former Bun Penny pub in Central Parade, where The Pier Hotel and Talk Of The Town nightclub are also earmarked for development. The building of a Sainsbury’s superstore at the Altira business park on the outskirts of town and an Aldi store at King’s Road car park were seen as further indications of Herne Bay’s economic wellbeing. Mrs Coffey said that she would “continue to meet and encourage new businesses into the town”.
She reported that an application had been made for a Coastal Communities Grant for a Start My Biz project in Herne Bay and Whitstable, which, if successful, would help fund workshops aimed at people looking to start their own businesses. A popup shop and industrial unit could also be considered. A free Start My Biz ‘boot camp’ in Canterbury in November last year had attracted 56 people, reported Mrs Coffey. As for Herne Bay’s tourist trade, there are plans for improved signs and tourist information outlets, together with marketing coach companies across the region in a bid to bring in more visitors.
Herne Bay Times, January 15th 2015