Local resident, Dylan Hampshire believes that our town would be better served by a Town Council and raised this at the last Herne Bay Area Panel meeting. Dylan believes a Herne Bay council should be independent from Canterbury and says that he only needs to gather 612 signatures from Heron Ward residents to force the Council to take the proposal to the next stage. Peter Gander’s latest cartoon for Bayguide is inspired by this story, and by the pirate theme which opens the 20th Herne Bay Festival Parade on Saturday 18th August. Herne Bay was established as a separate town by Act of Parliament in 1833 and had its own Urban District Council until 1974. There is more on this story here.