Emergency pier repair work to resume

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WORK is to resume on Whitby’s crumbling East Pier this May, the Whitby Gazette can reveal.

Scarborough Borough Council has announced it is planning to complete the emergency works on the historic East Pier extension.

In a statement, a spokeswoman said it will endeavour to undertake the emergency work as quickly as possible before the onset of the main summer season and with minimal impact on the Whitby economy.

Previous inspections had identified scouring likely to undermine the southern end of the East Pier extension and in response, the council secured £1.42m in grant aid from the Environment Agency to undertake the work.

The first stage which was completed late last year, involved using concrete grout bags to help bolster the pier and minimise the risk of collapse.

They also installed a series of steel piles.

The next work will include inserting precast concrete panels which will be encased in concrete.

With the onset of winter last year and unfavourable sea conditions, the council said it demobilised the works to ensure all work was undertaken as economically as possible.

Chris Bourne, the council’s projects manager, said: “While the council has not yet spent the full amount of its grant aid, the autumn working resulted in the expenditure of the weather contingency and therefore an application is being submitted to the Environment Agency to replenish the weather contingency.

“This application will be heard in April.”