Frequently Asked Questions
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Not exactly! The Blue Funnel takeover has secured the immediate future, so we can say that the threat of closure has been lifted. The long term success of the ferry will depend upon more passengers using it, we believe that the new owners Blue Funnel Ferries Ltd will take steps to improve reliability and comfort and introduce other changes to attract new customers going forward. The future of the historic pier, its train and the structures and buildings will be dependent upon the success of a long term community project to protect and preserve it for the benefit of all.
HPHA has been established as the organisation that can work on behalf of the community and wider public to secure the long term future of the Pier Train, Buildings and associated structures. We will focus on two key objectives, these form our Mission Statement and are as follows
1) To preserve and protect the pier, the train and the associated structures from further deterioration.
2) To celebrate and share the history and heritage of the pier, the train, and the ferry with the community and the wider public.
The purpose of the HPHA is to develop plans and organise activities, raise funds and secure grants to deliver these objectives.
Hythe Pier Heritage Association is registered as a Charitable Community Benefit Society (No: 7708). Anyone is able to become a member of HPHA by payment of a membership fee. HPHA is led by a board of directors and several working groups.
In building our organisation we have incur some legal costs and costs from other experts, including reviews of the structure and integrity of the pier. We have started small restoration and renovation projects in advance of the main restoration which have been funded by public donations.