BREAKING NEWS - Lighthouse to close

Scenesetter'West Pier Lighthouse'Picture by Neil Silk  w120801b'20/02/12

Scenesetter'West Pier Lighthouse'Picture by Neil Silk w120801b'20/02/12

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WHITBY’S West Pier lighthouse has closed to the public indefinitely.

A detailed inspection, commissioned by Scarborough Borough Council revealed structural faults to the central column which supports the spiral staircase running through the centre of the lighthouse, built more than 170 years ago out of local sandstone.

Whitby Harbour Board chairman, Coun Mike Cockerill, said: “We do not consider it safe enough to allow public access at this time.

“We are currently seeking expert advice about the best way to address the situation, but public safety is our paramount concern and it’s not something we take chances with.”

Whitby Harbour Board set out its intention to inspect all of the harbour assets soon after it was formed last year and in the last eight months a number of reports have been compiled.

When all of the reviews have been completed, a plan will be put in place which sets out a timetable of work in the harbour, with funding sought to see assets repaired or improved.

Coun Cockerill added: “We have received initial estimates in the region of £200,000 to carry out repairs to the West Pier lighthouse and its sister structure on the East Pier.

“The work to the West Pier lighthouse is a small, but very important part of a much wider regeneration picture.”