HPHA - it's official

Community Benefits Scheme Application Approved

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It was really great to see so many of you today at the entrance to the pier. It was a little on the chilly side but once again the sun shone for us and quite fitting as we had good news to share.

As you will now be aware, earlier this month our application to register as a Community Benefits Society with the Financial Conduct Authority was approved and so we are now an official legal incorporated organisation, The Hythe Pier Heritage Association.

Peter King, Hythe Pier Heritage Association CBS Certificates
Peter King with the Certificates (Photo credit, Penny Wade)

This is a breakthrough for us and will allow us to move forward with the next phase in the campaign and the project to save Hythe Pier. So please look out for forthcoming activities including this year's £20 CHALLENGE which will start early in March and run through to Easter.

This will be followed by our first event on the pier on the 14th April featuring an exhibition by pupils from Hythe County Primary School who have visited the pier with us recently and are now working on their own ideas for the future.

During 2018 we will continue to work with Blue Funnel and one of our objectives will be to carry out a facelift to the pier entrance. This will make a real difference to this area and be of benefit to the community.

All in all these are exciting times for everyone involved in this community initiative. We will now be able to start work preparing grant applications for funding to carry out detailed design development work for the project to restore and redevelop the pier, the buildings, and its famous railway.

Of course, we don't have time to rest on our laurels, there is much work to be done as we have also agreed in principle a timeline for the commencement of the project to begin April 2019.

Before that we have a busy year ahead of us and so it just leaves me to thank each and every one of you for your continued support. With each step we take we are moving forward together. We have a vision and now we have an organisation.

The next step will be to finalise the plan to SAVE HYTHE PIER.

Together We Can

Peter King
Hythe Pier Heritage Association

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