Resort’s harbour plan ‘adds insult to injury’ over Whitby piers

Whitby's Captain Cook celebrations commence with the tall ships arriving  . The crowds enjoy the spectacle on the pier.. pic Richard Ponter 1835115m
Whitby's Captain Cook celebrations commence with the tall ships arriving . The crowds enjoy the spectacle on the pier.. pic Richard Ponter 1835115m

I read in the Whitby Gazette the loud chest thumping from Scarborough Borough Council’s council leader and Cllr Cockrill how clever they have been to beg, borrow and cajole the £9m required for the long-awaited repairs to the stone piers protecting Whitby (£9 million - the same amount that they were able to find at the drop of a hat to loan to a private company to fund the water park in Scarborough.)

This does not even start to look at the state of the vital extensions that are the town’s first line of defence.

If Scarborough Borough Council had done as it should in accordance with the 1905 Act governing the finances of Whitby harbour the infrastructure of much of the harbour would be in a far safer condition than it is today.

To add further insult to injury we now hear of major plans to upgrade Scarborough’s own harbour.

The auditors have now not yet agreed to sign off Scarborough Borough Council’s accounts for a third year due to the council’s use of Whitby harbour income, our local councillors seem remarkably quiet on this issue, roll on the elections in 2019.

John Freeman

Market Place

Whitby