Bright Orange Wall on Whitby’s West Pier to go

“An orange wall on Whitby’s iconic West Pier that caused an outcry a few months ago is to be replaced, writes Carl Gavaghan (Local Democracy Reporting Service)” in last week’s Whitby Gazette.

“The stone parapet on the structure was put in place earlier this year [see posts March 2019], as part of a £7.6m scheme to safeguard the long-term future of the crumbling structures.” [But this scheme does not include any work on the Extensions to the piers].

“During the construction process, however, the wall ended up being built in a bright orange colour, out of keeping with the rest of the Grade II Listed structures.

“Scarborough Borough Council [SBC] submitted a Planning Application [to SBC] to return the parapet to a more traditional colour with 2 courses of sandstone blocks, after a number of complaints from people in the town.

“Last week, the SBC Planning Committee granted Listed Building Consent for the change. Speaking during the meeting at Scarborough Town Hall, Whitby’s Mayfield ward councillor Councillor David Chance (Conservative) said he was glad the mistake was being rectified.

“He said: ‘When the orange wall was built I objected very strongly to it and I’m pleased to see that someone has listened. It was a like-for-like replacement as it was concrete originally, and there was a number of complaints that a concrete wall had been built but it was not concrete that was the problem, it was the fact that someone had tried to colour it and it had failed miserably.’

“The Listed Building consent was granted unanimously.”

With Thanks and Acknowledgements to The Editor, Whitby Gazette, where this story was published on Thurs 13th June 2019.

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