Boats using a harbour made famous in a children’s TV series are enjoying better mooring facilities thanks to a project part-funded by North Yorkshire County Council.
A total of £3,000 from the Locality Budget of Cllr David Chance, the member for Whitby Mayfield cum Mulgrave, has enabled a chain to be installed four metres from Staithes harbour wall, allowing a greater number of boats to be moored.
The picturesque harbour is where Old Jack’s Boat is filmed, a popular children’s BBC TV series starring Bernard Cribbins as the captain of a multi-coloured boat called The Rainbow, and features his sea adventures with his dog, Salty.
Locality Budgets are a two-year pilot scheme which allows each of the 72 county councillors to respond to local needs and requests by recommending funding of up to £5,000 for each of the two years to support projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent.
Cllr Chance, who is also Executive member for Stronger Communities and Public Health, said: “I knew they were having problems with the moorings so I asked them to come up with a project for which I’ve recommended £3,000 from my locality grant.
“The project would lever in other funding from other organisations. It will allow them to moor more boats and accommodate visiting boats and give the Harbour Board more sustainability.
“Harbour Board income comes from mooring fees. It’s only a small harbour commission and they no longer have funding from elsewhere but they are still responsible for maintaining the harbour and doing the dredging.”