Whitby’s mayor and tourism chief have both spoken of their disgust after a fence erected by the borough council has blocked out the town’s most iconic view.
The wooden fence was put up last week along the cliffs above Khyber Pass “ruining the view” for people sitting on benches there to see the harbour and Whitby Abbey.
The move comes after the Whitby Gazette reported last month how beach hut owners hit out at safety barriers which were erected on the sea wall which they claimed spoilt their sea views.
Harry Collett, chairman of Whitby and district tourism association, said: “It’s health and safety gone mad. I would like to know how many people have fallen off there since Hudson the Railway King cut out Khyber Pass in the 1830s.
“They seem to be going bonkers over this health and safety.”
Whitby’s mayor Coun John Freeman added: “It’s a most unsightly structure. It’s horrendous, farmers would put a better fence up than that, it’s just hideous. They seem to have fenced one piece off and not the other, it seems like it should go all the way along.”
The view where the fence has been erected was featured in a new book, England’s 100 Best Views by Simon Jenkins.