New park plan for Eastside

A NEW park is going to be created on the Eastside of Whitby as part of a wider redevelopment of the area.

Action Eastside is a new group that has been formed to help improve recreational and community areas in that part of town.

87 residents took part in a public consultation in July and Scarborough Borough Councillor Sandra Turner said: “This project is for the community so I would like to say a big thank you to everybody that’s made comments and got involved because at the end of the day this project is for them and we can now build on what people have said.

Key themes emerging from the consultation included a need for greater activities and educational opportunities for young people.

76 per cent of respondents said they were satisfied with the area in which they lived, however 85 per cent said that more activities and facilities were required in East Whitby for young people, and 75 per cent asked for more activities for the older generation.

“Going on the results from the questionnaires, there’s a lot of need of things for people to do,” added Coun Turner. “The Eastside Community Centre is the only public building we have up there and we’re hoping to base a lot of work in the centre.”

Organisations such as the Children’s Centre, Age UK and Yorkshire Coast Homes have already expressed an interest in using the centre to host activities. A YCH job club is set to run from 1 November for 4 weeks.

The improvement of the general environment was also quoted, and a plan has now been drawn up for a redeveloped green space, which will be named Eastside Park.

Sandra added: “We’ve got people wanting to see more use of our green spaces, including planting and installing benches

“At the moment we have a plan which is to redevelop where the Eastside Communtiy Centre is. It’s going to be called Eastside Park and it will create more play areas and more things for the kids. We’re looking to give a real nice area where all ages can get together.”

Proposed features for the new park would be a natural play area, a carved totem pole and pathway leading to Calla Beck, a toddlers’ play area and a new skate park.