County Council pledges funding support to Whitby's piers

County Councillors Joe Plant, Carl Les and David Chance.
County Councillors Joe Plant, Carl Les and David Chance.
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North Yorkshire County Council leader Carl Les has said the authority will commit funds to the repairs required for Whitby's crumbling piers.

Cllr Les said he could not confirm the exact amount the county will be putting forward at this stage, but did say that investment in the piers will protect county assets such as roads and the swing bridge.

"It's always a pleasure to come through to Whitby, it's one of my favourite places and one of the crown jewels of North Yorkshire," he said.

"The county council has some responsibility to help maintain the piers and I believe that other bodies should be pursued to step up to the plate for their roles too, but NYCC will be pleased to be part of any working party formed to deal with the problem."

Cllr Joe Plant added: " After lobbying the County Council to help fund the repairs for the piers for some time I can only say what great news this is for Whitby.

"We have already had £2 million emergency works carried out on the East Pier extension and £4.8 million from the environment agency for further repairs.

"Design works are on-going and will be completed by the summer. I have always said the works would be carried out in 2018.

"This great news should now give everyone confidence and assurance that the work will be carried out in 2018 and that the strategic importance of the piers plays a vital part in Whitby's long term future."

The piers repairs are estimated to cost around £8.6 million, the exact amount will be known after on-going design works and investigations are completed.

A report on the piers is set to be put before the borough council cabinet in September.