Letters: Much-needed Whitby piers work taking far too long

Piers at Whitby. w172805g Picture: Maisie Pike. 12 July 2017.
Piers at Whitby. w172805g Picture: Maisie Pike. 12 July 2017.

Two cheers to Cllr Mike Cockerill announcing to the people of Whitby that weight bearing tests on the piers are being undertaken prior to major repairs being carried out.

Let’s not forget that these repairs have been urgent since 2002 when an official report stated that the piers had a residual life of less than 10 years.

But Cllr Cockerill states that quotations are in but the funding is not.

He has also suggested £3.5m could be raised from the three local authorities, including £1m from Whitby to be paid for by local ratepayers!

However, this is all irrelevant because SS Dredgenot lies dead in Scarborough Harbour having done some damage to leisure craft in its death throes. I assume this means the dredger will not be available to do its vital work in Whitby.

I fear it might not be long before Whitby Harbour - a harbour of refuge - will be closed for business as it will be inaccessible, recent heavy rain has dumped a load of silt in the harbour.

Does this mean that the lifeboat might also have to stand down as it might not be able to get out of or back into harbour, putting lives at serious risk?

Scarborough Borough Council is responsible for the harbour and its surroundings.

It appears to ignore the fact that revenue from all Whitby harbour land should be ring-fenced for the maintenance of our piers and harbour infrastructure.

When will we have the truth about where Whitby harbour revenue goes?

Sandra Smith

Esk Terrace, Whitby