The Canterbury City Council website recently released news regarding the purchase of a site on Herne Bay’s Central Parade. In a statement the council reported
“The city council’s plans to transform a key section of Herne Bay seafront took a major step forward on the 5th March as it completed its £1.1 million purchase of the Tivoli site.
The property in Central Parade has been on the market for several years and is in a state of disrepair. It backs onto two council car parks and the area as a whole is referred to as Beach Street in the Herne Bay Area Action Plan. Regenerating it is a council priority, with the purchase of Tivoli being a vital part of the project.
Chairman of the council’s Regeneration and Property Committee, Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, said: “The Beach Street development is part of our vision to improve the whole of Herne Bay seafront. We want, and will encourage, this to be done by private sector owners, but where the market is not delivering we will intervene to buy and bring about regeneration ourselves, through compulsory purchase if necessary.”