Civic Society awards hat-trick for Whitby businesses

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Three Certificates of Excellence have been awarded by Whitby Civic Society (WCS) to local businesses.

The awards recognise those owners and proprietors that go over and above the design requirements of the planning departments, or have contributed to the heritage of the town.

The society launched its new guide for Whitby’s Quality Shop (and Business) Fronts, backed by Scarborough Borough Council Planning department, on Civic Day, with the aim to encourage sympathetic development in Whitby’s conservation areas.

The first award for a Quality Shop Front presented on behalf of WCS by Whitby Mayor, Cllr Rebecca Pearson was to Natasha Roe-Smith of the family-run Cod Roe Fishmongers on Baxtergate.

This was for a refurbished shop front in a street that has lost much of its character of late, however the contempory-style using quality fittings, was felt to have a design and colour scheme sympathetic to the character of the street.

The second award was a Heritage award presented to James Willison for traditional greengrocers RA Willison, run by the father and son team Richard and Jamie.

This is believed to be one of the oldest businesses in Whitby, with the shop continuing to retain its charm and enhancing the street scene.

The society presented the third award at its regular monthly meeting when Chairman Dr John Field awarded the speaker of the evening Sally Atkinson, Project Manager & Director, Parkol Marine, with a Certificate of Excellence for a new project. This was for the development of the old gas works into an office block for the company, utilising the base of the old gas holder as a parking area, retaining the foot print of this old industrial site.