£9million budget set for Whitby Piers upgrade

” £9million project scheduled to start this month” [September 2018]. This story was published in the Whitby Gazette on Friday 28 September 2018. Read the story here…

“An authorised budget has been secured for the refurbishment of Whitby’s East and West Piers. Scarborough Borough Council (SBC)  have confirmed a £9million budget for the works to start this month [Sept 2018] and is scheduled to be completed by the end of December 2019.

“The Whitby Piers Coast Protection Scheme involves upgrading the aged piers’ structures in order to significantly improve their condition. Work will involve stabilising the external sandstone blocks of the piers, filling-in major voids using concrete and also repairs to the top surface of the piers to prevent damage from water ingress during wave overtopping. A Flood Divertor Wall has also been proposed at Battery Parade to lessen the impact of storm water on properties along Pier Road.

“The work will take place in two Phases, to allow for the winter period, when work will not be possible due to weather, sea and temperature conditions. Phase One will take place from this month [Sept 2018] until [early] November and work will be concentrated on the West Pier. Public access will be maintained on the main part of the West Pier during the work, but the West Extension may be closed at certain times.

“Phase Two will begin in March 2019 and continue until the scheme is completed at the end of the year. Work during Phase Two will take place on the West Pier and the East Pier in tandem.

“Construction company Balfour Beatty have been appointed to carry out the refurbishment. Councillor Mike Cockerill, SBC Cabinet Member for Major Projects, said: ‘I am delighted that work on this vital scheme will soon get under way and we will be working closely with Balfour Beatty to ensure that it is a success. Whitby’s Piers, as well as being essential for the safety of the town, are much loved by local residents and visitors from around the UK and beyond, and the scheme will ensure that widespread appeal endures for many more years to come.’

“The scheme is receiving up to £2.7million of funding from the England European Structural and Investment Fund’s Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions are the managing authorities for European Regional Development Fund and European Social Funding through the Growth Programme, funds established by the EU to help local areas stimulate their economic development. Funding has also been secured from the Environment Agency, the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership; North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Borough Council.”

Written by Jade McElwee and published in the Whitby Gazette on Fri 28 Sept 2018. With Thanks and Acknowledgements to the Editor, Whitby Gazette.

NB: Dare one ask if the long list of 8 different funding organisations providing the £9million are given in order of Greatest Funder to Least Funder – with SBC providing the least funds of all?

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Published on 23 Oct 2018.

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