£8.6 million piers scheme progresses

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The refurbishment of Whitby’ historic piers is one step closer as the council invites potential contractors to submit formal tenders for the £8.6 million scheme.

A shortlist of candidates who meet the council’s requirements for the job have been drawn up out of all the parties that have expressed interest.

They are now asked to set out their designs, site information, schedule and best price.

There were 20 expressions of interest and 12 applications submitted by the due deadline.

The council expects to get some £4.8 million from the EA towards the scheme which will involve stabilising sandstone blocks, filling in gaps and repairs to the top surface of the piers to prevent water ingress during heavy seas.

Coun Mike Cockerill, the council’s cabinet member for harbours, said: “The project involves a major capital scheme to upgrade the aged pier structures at Whitby Harbour.

“They are in a poor condition as a result of loss of inner core material and are at risk of breaching should further structural degradation continue.”

Extensive consultation has to be carried out before the work begins, said Coun Cockerill, including with Crown Estates Commissioners, Heritage England, RSPB, Marine Management Organisation and the Environment Agency (EA)