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Residents welcome prospect of Herne Bay seafront plaza U-turn

A rethink on Herne Bay’s controversial seafront plaza has been welcomed warmly by residents.

The chorus of approval follows an update from a working group set up amid backlash to the project.  They have now agreed on an option to reopen the seafront.

The news appeared on an online petition to urge Kent County Council to reconsider the road layout around the new plaza, which has secured 1,760 signatures.


Facebook user Jeannie Mick Pearce Tutt commenting in the Herne Bay Chatters group.



The scheme saw a stretch of the seafront pedestrianised, traffic diverted and a one way system put in place.  

A decision on the seafront’s future has not yet been reached, however, KCC cabinet member for transport Neil Baker told KentOnline: “The removal of the plaza is as close to a guarantee as you’re going to get.” 


Facebook user Sonnie O’Shea commenting in the Herne Bay Chatters group.


Facebook user Robin Hammond commenting in the Herne Bay Chatters group.


Central Parade could be re-opened as early as this summer if this new option is approved.

The scheme was unveiled by KCC back in January and was met by outcry from residents who were unhappy about no longer being able to drive along the length of the seafront. When public meetings were held hundreds turned up to voice their opinion on the project.

Kent County Council have been approached for comment.