North Yorkshire County Council has agreed to allocate nearly £2 million of additional funding towards vital remedial work on Whitby piers along with a major coastal protection scheme at South Cliff, Scarborough.
The Council’s Executive agreed to the funding yesterday to ensure the priority project goes ahead. The county council had already made a £1.2 million contribution in 2015 towards the South Cliff work, but further assessment by Scarborough Borough Council has led to an increase in the expected cost.
Commenting this, North Yorkshire’s leader County Councillor, Carl Les, said: “The borough council is the primary authority for coastal defenses, but due to the scale of the work required for these crucial schemes we have agreed to give this essential funding to help make up the shortfall in the multi-million pound works.”
“The Whitby pier and Scarborough South Cliff infrastructures are critically important to our shared communities.’’
Whitby County Councillor, David Chance, who is Executive Member for Stronger Communities, added: “This is excellent news as both schemes are vital to the coastal area. It is crucial that funding is in place to allow these projects to progress.’’
In addition, Scarborough Council has requested a contribution to remedial work on Whitby piers and the £1.9 million agreed is towards both schemes, taking North Yorkshire’s share of the funding up to £3.1 million.