After a fire destroyed the pier's pavilion it was replaced with a sports centre in 1976. The centre section of the pier was torn down by a storm in 1978 and it has not been rebuilt due to the cost, although residents and businesses have campaigned for its restoration. The sports centre was demolished in 2012 and I have added pictures of the view without the it if you prefer.
Herne Bay Information
Herne Bay is on the North Kent Coast, a few miles north of Canterbury and east of Whitstable. From the beach you can see Southend, the Isle of Sheppey, The Maunsell Sea Forts, The Wind Farm and Reculver that lies just a few miles along the coast.