As part of the Local Government Association’s Economic Growth Advisor programme we are instructed to support Canterbury City Council’s economic development work in Herne Bay.
Herne Bay grew rapidly as a classic British seaside destination in the mid-19th century with major attractions including a large pier, lengthy promenade and easy access to London. However, like many of its rivals, over the second half of the 20th century with major shifts in consumer habits, the fortunes of Herne Bay as a tourist destination began to fade and the success of the local economy dwindled.
Over the last few decades Canterbury City Council and partners have delivered a number of major regeneration projects in Herne Bay which have provided a basis for repositioning the town for the future. This includes restoring the Central Bandstand, upgrading areas of the seafront and a wide range of initiatives and programmes.
Our role is to work with local partners and help the Canterbuy City Council take stock of progress and identify priorities for the future.