By Gilbert House / Environment / / 0 Comments

Waste bins were removed from Memorial Park, Herne Bay in June 2017 and a few weeks later replaced by five very large dumpster-style bins around the periphery of our park.

Having oversize bins has raised many issues that the councillors did not foresee. Firstly, to change peoples behaviour you need to start from a young age, these bins have openings that are too high to allow children to be responsible youngsters and place rubbish inside them. Secondly, this brings up the question of wheel chair users access which will also be problematic. (if not unlawful under the Equality Act 2010). Thirdly, we have also seen an increase in dumped rubbish alongside these bins such as chairs , furniture and sofas , which then incur costs for their removal. Fourthly,  the fronts of the bins are never secured safely which is an accident just waiting to happen. One of the bins has been damaged to such a degree that the front no longer is fitted but has been left beside the dumpster. Fifthly, another has been defaced with graffiti which will invite more graffiti if it is not removed. And finally, the bins are still often found to be overflowing with rubbish which shows that they are not monitored and emptied with any regularity.

This has been brought to the attention of our Herne Bay councillors who now are begrudgingly starting a process of replacing these general waste dumpsters.

General waste must be collected but beside those bins should be recycling facilities for cans , glass , plastic and paper . We are told that it is our responsibility to recycle but the Conservative council has not provided the facilities for the public to do so, letting us down as well as the next generation.

For our council to have taken out perfectly good bins within the park and replaced them with not fit for purpose dumpsters shows how irresponsible and wasteful of money our Herne Bay councillors are. We need a modern council for 2019, a Labour council.

By Luke Sullivan / Latest NewsServices / / 0 Comments

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.