Letter: Whitby piers work should be a top priority

Large waves on the slipway in Whitby during a tidal surge. The huge waves lifted half-tonne sandbags off the slipway as well as washing away bins and an ice cream kiosk was lifted off its foundations. Onlookers said a woman was lifted off her feet and carried down Pier Road. Picture: Ceri Oakes. Friday 13 January 2017. w170303q
Large waves on the slipway in Whitby during a tidal surge. The huge waves lifted half-tonne sandbags off the slipway as well as washing away bins and an ice cream kiosk was lifted off its foundations. Onlookers said a woman was lifted off her feet and carried down Pier Road. Picture: Ceri Oakes. Friday 13 January 2017. w170303q

The Portfolio Holder for Harbours on Scarborough Borough Council’s Cabinet says he has ‘every confidence in their engineers and consultants’ as regards Whitby’s neglected piers (Are Piers Safe?, p4, Gazette, 17 February).

Good, because so do I.

But I have absolutely no confidence in the Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet’s failure to provide money for any of the engineers’ high priority recommendations.

In 2009 Royal Haskoning, a world class engineering company, published its report on Whitby Piers and Extensions, commissioned by the borough council.

Their ‘high priority’ recommendations (ie key defects that should be repaired within five years) were immediately highlighted to the Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet – but the borough council have taken absolutely no practical action in the eight years since.

Confidence in Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet?

I think not.

Niall Carson

Groves Bank

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