Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Herne Bay Baptist Church, 105-109 High Street, Herne Bay CT6 5LA

Contact: Maria Short  01227 862009, Email:

No. Item


Meet and Greet Session

Meet and greet session, with formal business starting at 7pm.


A meet and greet session took place for the first thirty minutes of the Forum.


Apologies for absence


An apology for absence was received from Councillor Wilson-Hamilton.


Confirmation of Chairman and Vice-Chairman

To confirm the appointment of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman.


Councillor I Stockley was confirmed as Chairman of the Herne Bay Forum, with Councillor Watkins confirmed as Vice-Chairman.




Declarations of any interests by councillors or officers

Councillors are reminded that the code of conduct as set out in the constitution still applies at these meetings. This means you are required to make declarations relating disclosable pecuniary interests and other significant interests and that you should consider any other voluntary announcements you would like to make.


Although there were no related items on the agenda, Councillor Cook advised that he was a trustee of Herne Bay Pier Trust.


In relation to Item 7, Seaside byelaws consultation, the following announcements were made:

Councillor Carnac made a voluntary announcement that she had a recreational interest in boating.

Councillors Cook and Thomas made a voluntary announcement that they owned a beach hut.


Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To confirm the minutes as a true record.


The minutes of the meeting held on 12 March 2019 were agreed.


Introduction to the Forum

Introduction by the Head of Regeneration and Property.


Caroline Hicks, Head of Regeneration and Property gave an introduction to the Forum.  She explained that it was not decision making but that it was advisory and consultative and could make recommendations if required.  Where a recommendation was made to a service committee, the full Forum minute would be included on the service committee agenda.


Each councillor introduced themselves in turn, and the Chairman advised that there would be councillor name plates at future meetings.


Seaside Byelaws Consultation

To receive the presentation of the Engineering Manager and the Foreshore Manager.


Matthew Young, Foreshore Manager was in attendance to give an update on the Seaside byelaws review and consultation.


He explained that the byelaws had not been reviewed since 1995 and that the use of the coast had changed significantly in that time with different water sports and equipment becoming more widely available.  There was also a perception of anti-social behaviour, particularly in relation to jet ski use. 


It was noted that the consultation would be carried out with both residents and visitors and would include watercraft users, swimmers, beach users and the Disability Advisory Panel.


The consultation would address four key design proposals (inclusion of lifeguard swim areas, introduce an 8 knot speed limit within transit lanes, introduce a direction of travel within transit lanes and address the width of transit lanes before making any changes to the existing byelaws.


The consultation had opened on 11 June and would run until 1 September 2019.


The Forum commented on the proposals and Matthew Young provided points of clarification where required; comments included:


·        Enforcement – the idea would be to target repeat offenders, rather than those one-off incidents.  Staff could be used as witnesses if necessary as they are present at launch sites and patrol.  Central Control had a direct number to foreshore staff when on duty if an incident was reported (this was not a 24/7 service).

·        It was important to remember that Herne Bay is a seaside town, and there was nothing wrong with water sports if carried out responsibly.

·        It was noted that a registration scheme was in place in the Thanet area in order to launch a jet ski, however, this was not monitored or enforced and there were no byelaws or legislation in place so it was difficult to compare the different sites.

·        Eight knots may seem fast but was the generally accepted speed in port and harbour areas.


The Chairman reminded those present to complete the consultation.



Monitoring Sheet pdf icon PDF 52 KB

To note the monitoring sheet.


The monitoring sheet was noted.


Future Items

To note the following items for future meetings of the forum and discuss possible items for the coming year:


·         Litter and flytipping – January 2020

·         Annual on-street parking review – March 2020

·         Local Plan review – To be arranged

·         Ambitions for the town centre – this will form part of the consultation on the Corporate Plan/Local Plan and will be timetabled accordingly – To be arranged



You can see the items requested since the start of this council online here.


The circulated list of future items on the agenda was agreed, with the ‘Ambitions for the town centre’ item being reworded to ‘ambitions for the town’.


No other items were suggested.



Date of next meeting

7pm on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 at the Herne Bay Baptist Church, 105-109 High Street, Herne Bay.


6.30 pm on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 at the Herne Bay Baptist Church, 105-109 High Street, Herne Bay.


Any other urgent business to be heard in public


No other urgent business was discussed.


Any other urgent business to be heard following the exclusion of the press and public

It will be necessary to pass a resolution to exclude the press and public before business can be taken under this item.


There was no other urgent business to be heard.