Historic shelters will be replaced for £80,000

Two Victorian shelters destroyed by storm on the West Cliff today 21st November
Credit  Mike Major
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Photo taken around 10.30 am
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Two Victorian shelters destroyed by storm on the West Cliff today 21st November Credit Mike Major 07767328058 Photo taken around 10.30 am Please use as you wish.

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Whitby’s much-loved Edwardian shelters which were ripped from the ground by heavy storms last year are set to be replaced.

When the grade II listed ornate structures were left strewn across the middle of North Promenade in a pile of twisted metal and splintered woodwork there was a wave of support from people and 
local councillors in making sure they would be restored.

As much material as possible was salvaged and stored and this week the borough council agreed to spend in the region of £80,000 to re-create what has become a favourite fixture on the horizon of the West Cliff.

An architect has been appointed to draw up plans for the shelters and a tender is being issued for potential contractors.

Much of the work on re-constructing the shelters can be done off site during the winter months and it is hoped they will be back in situ around March next year.

West Cliff ward Cllr Joe Plant welcomed the news and said: “It is good news for Whitby and especially the West Cliff area.

“Residents and tourists alike will be able to sit and enjoy the scenery once again.

“I did say when it first happened the only option on the table was to replace them.”

Senior councillors gave the go-ahead for the shelters, first built around 1900, to be replaced at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Following the stormy night on November 21, council officers set about consulting archives and local groups to establish the original designs.

Salvaged features such as cast iron brackets, rosette finials and original timber boarding and seats will be re-used.

The council report confirms the new design will be based on the wording in the listing but listed building consent can take up to three months to obtain.

Architects have also looked at why the original structure of the two shelters failed, which was due to the timbers being unable to cope with the windloading.

The new structures will be secured to the concrete plinth via a base plate which will spread the load of the shelters .