Top marks for Herne Bay
by Jan Thom
Community input and ambitious regeneration plans have earned Herne
Bay recognition in a European award scheme.
The town came joint second in the European Best Practice Award
for Coastal Towns, just behind the Ukranian town of
Jurors for the award scheme had been “impressed by the quality
and innovative spirit of the council’s Herne Bay regeneration
project, as an encouraging practice for the regeneration of coastal
Herne Bay’s entry by Canterbury City Council focused on the
success of regeneration projects that have been completed or are
underway, as well as the work carried out by local community
It included the new Bay sports arena and extended Herons Leisure
Centre, improvements to the Memorial Park, plans for a coastal park
as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the future of
the town’s pier and the effectiveness of the Herne Bay area action
Organisations including the Friends of Memorial Park,
Herne Bay in Bloom committee and Herne Bay Town Partners were
praised for their community efforts.
Executive member for Herne Bay regeneration, Cllr Peter Lee,
said: “We’ve beaten off some strong opposition, both in this
country and across Europe, which says a lot about the hard work and
commitment shown by the council and local people to improving the
town we all love.”
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