Does the Risk Assessment for the proposed refurbishment of Whitby Piers include the risks resulting from Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) NOT meeting its duties as the Statutory Harbour Authority?
Whitby Piers are essential Harbour structures as well as Coastal Defence structures. As the Statutory Harbour Authority for Whitby Harbour, SBC does have a duty to maintain harbour structures and facilitate safe use of the harbour. It also has a duty of care against loss caused by the authority’s negligence.
QUESTION 4 Would you please confirm that the SBC Risk Assessments for the Whitby Piers Refurbishment project will henceforth include the risks resulting from SBC not meeting its duties as the Statutory Harbour Authority?
The SBC grant application to the Environment Agency in 2012 estimated that if no action was taken (the ‘Do Nothing’ option) and should the Piers and Extensions fail, the damage to property, tourism & amenity, loss of historic environment, loss of harbour function, etc. could amount to £129 million.
YES, that is £129 million worth of damage to Whitby, if the Piers collapse and up to 500 harbour-side properties are flooded. £129 million!
SBC was asked the above question in an Open Letter by Fight4Whitby well over a year ago – but no acknowledgement nor answer has yet been received…
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