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Boost for pier fundraising effort
Herne Bay Pier in the early 1900s (from hernebaypier.freeserve.co.uk)
The pier was one of the longest in the British Isles before the collapse
Campaigners hoping to rebuild Herne Bay Pier in Kent have been given permission to form a trust which would allow them to begin fundraising efforts.

The go-ahead was given by Canterbury City Council and Kent County Council.

Part of the pier collapsed in 1978. All that remains is a pavilion and sports hall close to the shore and the end of the pier almost a mile out to sea.

It originally opened in 1832 and by 1896 the pier stretched 3,787ft (1147m) out from Herne Bay.

Campaigner Peter Revell said: "If we can get charitable status on this, we are then allowed to go out there and start fundraising to try to get the money to get this pier rebuilt again."

The end of Herne Bay Pier (from hernebaypier.freeserve.co.uk)
The land can be seen in the distance from the end of the pier

Mr Revell said the most recent council estimate had put the rebuild cost at about 12m, but that the exact amount would have to be "determined by the experts".

"It's a case of starting to work our way out by a few 100m at a time as we get money in."

He said the end of the pier was "not looking good" and whether it can be salvaged or not remains a big question.

"When we get to the end, if it's still there then we'll work on it, if it's not then we'll have to look at a rebuild on the end."

Mr Revell said he hoped to raise money through European funding, private donations, grants or "tug-of-war on the beach".



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