Herne Bay pier is 'decrepit and dangerous': report
Herne Bay pier
“Decrepit and probably dangerous”.
That is verdict of council engineers on the Herne Bay pier
platform after a structural survey found it to be in need of major
More than £200,000 may have to be spent renovating the platform
after its wooden planks and underlying beams were revealed to be
Councillors have been given four options to decide on for the
repair work, with the most advanced option of replacing all beams
and decking anticipated to cost £220,000.
The news came despite £56,000 having already been spent by the
council following the pavilion’s demolition, including on laying a
tarmac platform, installing electrical supply boxes, new gates and
drinking water supplies.
The report by the council’s engineering guru Ted Edwards said:
“Both the beams supporting the deck and the decking planks
themselves are in poor condition and in some places badly
“The situation is such that even trying to replace damaged deck
planks has become impossible at some locations as there is little
left of the beams to screw them down to. Part of the deck had
reached the end of its life.”
Councillors were asked to vote on the four options for
renovations today, which range from closing off the north end to
renewing all beams and decking at an estimated cost of £220,000
over 31 weeks.
Short-term plans for the pier include a possible
“smuggler-themed” mini golf course.
A planning application has been made by David Cain of Cain’s
Amusements following an advert for concessions on the pier.
The 13-hole themed adventure golf course was inspired by a
similar project in France and has been estimated to cost the
company some £250,000.
Mr Cain said: “I love Herne Bay and I would really like to see
the pier succeed. It’s not a project that would clash with the long
term rebuild - if they raise the money I can move or we can work
The dad-of-three, who has had a business in the town for more
than 30 years, said he was happy to invest the money for an
attraction everybody could use.
He said: “The council were advertising for concessions and we
thought it might just work - if there is a better submission then
I’m sure it is being considered, but we think this could be a
really great use for the platform and be an attraction year
“It would work well with the Pier Trust’s plans for a beach hut
retail village along the arm and together hopefully the two could
generate visitors and some money.
“There is a similar place in France where I take my boys and it
is really popular. We’re not just talking a little walk-and-put;
there will be a real mini course; if I get permission I think it
would work really well out on the platform.”
The most dramatic of proposals announced at the Pier Trust’s AGM
last month was for a striking £70 million pier with a marina
The plans were unveiled by the Pier Rebuild Group, led by
trustee Andy Newell, former treasurer Jason Hollingsworth and
former chairman Graham Cooper.
The futuristic plans feature a pier with a non-tidal marina
including sport and leisure community facilities - with the
renovated pier head as a cafe at its centre.
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