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Trust formed to get pier rebuilt

Herne Bay Pier in the early 1900s (from
The first pier in Herne Bay was opened in 1832

Campaigners hoping to renovate a disused pier have formed a dedicated trust to take their plans forward.

Herne Bay Pier Trust said it would be putting together a business plan over the next 12 months to make a case for the structure to be rebuilt.

The centre of the pier collapsed in 1978. Two buildings remain close to the shore with an isolated head out at sea.

Trust spokesman, Graham Cooper, said rebuilding the structure was a realistic prospect.

'Big benefits'

"A trust has proven to be very successful for other piers.

"We hope through the trust that we can involve everyone in Herne Bay, visitors and residents alike.

He added: "I don't think we are going to be able to restore it right back the way to its original condition because there's not enough of the structure left but we can certainly reconstruct in a very sympathetic manner and hopefully produce something that's fairly similar."



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