Ongoing work to secure the future of Whitby Harbour has taken another step forward this week after the Harbour Board secured almost £400,000 in funding.
The money will be used to update the Fish Quay area and make it safer for vessels berthed alongside.
Borough councillor Mike Cockerill is chair of Whitby Harbour Board and he said: “Fishing was the original use of the harbour and we need to continue doing whatever we can to maintain the service that we provide for the fish market ad ensure fishermen land their catch in Whitby safely.”
The cost of the project will be £385,000, half of which has been granted by the Marine Management Organisation.
The rest is to be ring fenced from the borough council via the Harbour Board.
“We are very pleased that the application which was put forward on behalf of Whitby Harbour Board has been successful,” added Cllr Cockerill. “The MMO has agreed that it’s a very worthy project for the harbour.”
The work on the Fish Quay follows the successful completion of the projects to install a power supply to the east side pontoons and the repair work to Kiddie’s Corner.
The existing defensive piles were constructed in 1956 and are in place to prevent collisions between vessels and the quay structure.
Due to the age, condition and continual damage, some of the piles have exceeded their working life and are beyond economical repair.
Cllr Cockerill explained that deterioration of the piles would result in damage to the structure and vessels. He added that the consequences of such an incident could be extensive, both financially and operationally and if the work is not completed, it might be necessary to restrict or even suspend berthing and the landing of product at Whitby Fish Quay entirely.