Town Deal Board’s maritime vision in bid to scoop £25million

A new maritime area to celebrate Whitby’s heritage, super-fast digital connectivity and green energy initiatives are some of the ideas being considered under the ambitious Town Deal scheme.

Thursday, 4th June 2020, 2:00 pm
What kind of Whitby would you like to see? That is the question asked by the area’s Town Deal Board.
What kind of Whitby would you like to see? That is the question asked by the area’s Town Deal Board.

Other suggestions which have been put forward include making Whitby the ‘capital of quirk’ – utilising the town’s varied claims to fame.

They are all part of ideas for Whitby to bid for £25m from the Government’s £3.6bn Towns Fund – to create a vision that would enhance economic prospects and cultural and social well-being in the years to come, and covering the town, the business park and the village of Ruswarp.

Some of the other proposals put forward by the public so far include an extension to the Pannett Art Gallery to house the photographs and artefacts of Frank Meadow Sutcliffe, an artisan arts and crafts centre and the trialling of tidal energy, harnessing the town’s natural resources.

The Maritime Heritage Centre idea could reflect the town’s long history of shipbuilding in making vessels that took Captain Cook around the globe.

As well as upskilling, conserving heritage and promoting tourism, the idea of the ‘capital of quirk,’ is about projecting Whitby’s unique character, festivals and history – such as the Goths, the Abbey, Captain Cook and the Dracula story connections.

Barry Harland, deputy chairman of the area’s Town Deal Board, said: “We are keen to continue to hear from those who are interested to help develop an investment plan that could add new dimensions for long-term prosperity.

“We must be careful not to over-promise as this is about working up the strongest ideas to have the best possible chance of securing the funding and it is locally focused on Whitby’s own ideas.”

○ People can make suggestions and comments at the website mytown.communities.gov.uk/ and just choose the Whitby option. They can also follow the Twitter Whitby My Town site @WMytown or write to the Whitby Gazette.

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