SBC cementing our heritage in concrete

‘Cementing our heritage in concrete’ is a sad concept, as this Letter to the Whitby Gazette (30 Nov 2018) puts it so nicely:

“Following on from Mike Upton’s letter (Whitby Gazette, November 23) regarding the repairs by Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) to Whitby’s Grade II Listed piers, which have just been repaired using concrete instead of stone, we have worse yet to come.

“Church Street, with its high number of listed buildings located in a conservation area, is to have a concrete wall erected as a flood alleviation defence – similar to the one at Redcar. Not only will this spoil the visual appearance of the area, but surely increase the flooding on the opposite bank, with no plans for any flood alleviation on the west side.

“Scarborough Borough Council has also confirmed that a flood gate on the West Pier slipway will not withstand likely wave pressures, so the latest proposal is to build a deflector wall and guess what this is likely to be in – concrete.

“Surely the historic town of Whitby, so dependant on its landscape and street scene to encourage tourists, should expect better than this?

” What are our councillors, conservation officer and Historic England doing to support Whitby?

“Also what has happened to all the stone walls and flags removed in the past few years from Whitby – is the town to lose all its character and appeal, before someone sees sense?”

Joyce Stangoe, Whitby

With thanks and acknowledgements to the Editor, Whitby Gazette, Fri 30 Nov 2018.

Fight4Whitby agrees that ‘cementing our heritage in concrete’ is NOT the best way forward.

If YOU also agree, then please visit to find out more, spread the word on social media and help to crowd-fund our legal costs to make Scarborough Borough Council manage Whitby Harbour as it should. Thank-you

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