What I find most appealing about Herne Bay is how involved the community are with grass root activities to increase the appeal within the area. Herne Bay has over 55,000 residents and is a major asset to the City of Canterbury offering a unique visitor experience. Attractions such as the Pier, Coastal walks and a thriving High Street create a vibrant and enjoyable experience through a range of independent shops and community led projects.
One of the largest events in Kent every year is the Herne Bay airshow which attracts over 500,000 visitors to the Bay and brings in an estimated £6 million in revenue to small business owners. We have a large Arts community and have received requests to host concerts on the Pier from Chart Topping Musicians. So what is the issue you ask?
While our residents are digging deep in their pockets to self fund these fantastic initiatives our Councillors are more worried about Carparks and Dog poo. While we have received international acclaim from art critics due to grass roots campaigns our Councillors fail to recognise and support the initiatives being led from the ground. The Herne Bay festival was a fantastic way to build a brand within the area, we have many local artists, musicians and businesses that could have benefitted from this event through planning and application. Our council however decided to outsource this to an events Agency in London to the sum of £40,000. This event company brought down people from London to hand out flyers highlighting the Community works that were on display.
Would this money have been better spent supporting our Community Groups? Could we have invested this cash in the community?
It creates the question of the Councils intent to the area, they are squeezing the local area and forcing people to travel to Canterbury via tactics such as shutting the Job Centre.