The Changing Face of Herne Bay
How the times are a changing for Herne Bay: this once rather sleepy, neglected little seaside town is now wide-awake, a vibrant visitor attraction and ready to welcome a summer of fun!
Whilst Herne Bay still has all the things which made it a famous seaside resort a century ago – safe sandy/pebble beaches which stretch for miles from Hampton to Reculver, stunning walks and cycle paths across the cliffs – a new and vibrant Herne Bay has evolved over the last few years, enjoying regeneration in and around the town, help for local firms and support for start-ups and the completion earlier this year of a major sea defence project, costing £2.8 million to help protect Herne Bay from flooding. These improvements – and ongoing projects – have clearly improved the lives of locals and are attracting daytrippers and holiday makers to this now booming Kentish beach town.
Volunteers too have played – and continue to play – an essential role in restoring parts of the town’s heritage: in recent years Friends of the Clock Tower secured Heritage Lottery funding to completely restore the first, free-standing clock tower, while Pier Trust volunteers transformed the derelict pier into an exciting visitor attraction receiving a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. The Pier Village now boasts an eclectic line-up of white huts for start-ups, along with the traditional helter-skelter taking pride of place and looking out to sea.
Beyond the Beach
Entrepreneurs in East Kent have been given a boost with the recent proposals for a new business hub in Herne Bay after the government confirmed funding of £212,950 towards the scheme. Known as the Neptune Co-working Hub, and located in the former city council offices in William Street, it will offer workspace for people who are thinking of starting a business, who have recently started one up or who have been trading for some time. It will feature co-working space, meeting and training rooms, and businesses based there will be provided with guidance and training, as well as the support of an on-site manager.
Support & shop local
Support your local town and experience the difference in Herne Bay by shopping there and making use of the amenities on offer. Discover what you can buy or where to eat or grab a takeaway or spend leisure time and enjoy a range of entertaining from events at The King’s Hall to Beach Creative.
• Visit buyinthebay.co.uk/
Bayfest is back!
Herne Bay’s fantastic community-led summer festival Bayfest returns again this year from 27th July-31st August and includes an exciting programme of events for the whole family. Headline events include:
• Cartoon Fest
• Classic Motor Show (see Diary Date for more details)
• Jazz & Swing Fest
• Herne Bay Rocks Main Stage
• A vast programme of fun arts and crafts, workshops, activities, talks, tours, live music and competitions.
• For full details, visit hernebayfestival.com or hernebayfest on Facebook and Instagram.
Chips Away Ryan Lythe
They aim to be your local vehicle body repairer of choice by offering high quality repairs with a friendly service, at competitive prices from their workshop in Sea Street, Herne Bay, all with a lifetime guarantee. Herne Bay Tyres supply and fit tyres, perform vehicle servicing and general maintenance, along with the very latest digital four-wheel tracking and alignment from the same location.
• Westbrook Industrial Park, Unit 2/3, 229 Sea Street, Herne Bay CT6 8JZ or call 01227 371170.
Herne Bay Mobility Ltd
Located next door to the Wildwood Animal Park is the longest serving mobility retailer in the area having been trading for over 11 years. We have a full house service and repair facility as well as being insurance approved repairers. We stock a large range of new and used mobility items including scooters, powerchairs, armchairs, wheelchairs and daily living aids.We are happy to offer a no obligation home visit to discuss your needs.
• Visit Unit 3.1 Wealden Forest Park, Herne Common, Herne Bay CT6 7LQ or call 01227 710055.
Approval for plans to bring new life to seaside site
A redevelopment scheme designed by Canterbury’s Clague Architects for a key derelict town centre site has been given the go ahead by planners. The plans developed for Canterbury City Council will see underused car parks and derelict buildings and warehouses in the centre of Herne Bay make way for 33 new homes, a new shop, two new workshop/studio spaces, along with 25 car parking spaces and improvements to public areas.
The existing buildings making way for the new development include the former Tivoli shop unit at 73 Central Parade, while number 74 Central Parade which occupies half of a symmetrical pair of bow-fronted Regency townhouses but is in a very poor state of repair, is to be demolished and replaced with a replica building, matching its neighbour once again.
Mayler Colloton, Partner at Clague Architects, said: “The design of this new development for Canterbury City Council has been undertaken with great care to ensure it fits into the scale and textures of the built context and enhances this part of Herne Bay, introducing much-needed new homes and businesses.”
Kent Enterprise Trust
The Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise kindly donated £500 to provide essential memory sticks for unemployed people to save their CVs and job application letters confidentially, if they are unable to purchase a computer of their own. Kent Enterprise Trust runs a drop-in Job Club in Herne Bay sponsored by Girlings Solicitors for local residents to use their computers and receive one-to-one support from volunteers to search the internet and write a quality application.
• KET, 1 The Links, Herne Bay CT6 7GQ, call 01227 844464 or visit kententerprisetrust.org
4 Seasons Clothing
4 Seasons clothing is an embroidery, printing, workwear and school wear shop based in Herne Bay. We supply printed and embroidered garments to local businesses, clubs and events. Our shop also stocks a range of activity wear including Regatta Great Outdoors clothing at outlet prices.
• Pop into 106 Mortimer Street, Herne Bay CT6 5EB, call 01227 372227 or visit 4seasonsembroidery.co.uk
Looking for great hair and skin? Visit Salon 123 – your one-stop hair and beauty salon. Tropic Skincare natural, vegan-friendly beauty products are available as well as Colourherbe Ammonia Free hair colour and the new Botanea plant-based hair colour from L’Oreal, which is completely chemical free and suitable for vegans.
• Pop into 123 High Street, Herne Bay CT6 5LA, call 01227 371234 or visit salon123.biz. Open Monday-Saturday with late evening opening on Thursdays.
The ever-popular Herne Bay Classic Motor Show returns to the town on Sunday 11th August at Central Parade (seafront), when more than 550 classic vehicles will be on display between 10am-4pm. The event is organised by Chris West of Classic Music and Motors, supporting Herne Bay Town Partners, and will feature a host of interesting static displays, classic music show and entertainment, retro market and more.
• Visit classicmusicandmotors.co.uk
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