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Works to Scarborough's West Pier to Start Soon

Works to Scarborough's West Pier to Start Soon

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 8:29am 4th November 2010.

As part of a phased development of the pier which will cost around £250,000, demolition of the first of the two bait sheds will take place over the coming weeks.

Work has already been completed in re-organising the fish market and installing new freezer and chiller facilities. All of the existing tenants of the bait shed have been relocated to alternative accommodation on the inner side of the pier.

The next phase of the development will be to install new fish processing, ice making facilities and accommodation on the inner side of the pier to provide facilities to support the fishing industry and accommodate the tenants in the second bait shed.

Once this has been completed the second shed will be removed, so opening up the pier for further development and alternative uses.

At this time it is proposed that a mixture of leisure, retail, community and commercial uses will be developed on the site. These, however, will be subject to future consultation and planning approvals.

Alex Richards, Project Manager for Scarborough Borough Council said: "Works to date have been progressing well. We have worked with the fishing industry to reorganise the fish market and provide new chiller facilities. The existing tenants have been very helpful in the relocation process and many have taken the opportunity to upgrade their business premises and facilities.

"If all goes to plan and weather permitting we hope to have the first shed down before Christmas."

The space freed up by the demolition of the bait sheds will be used in the short term for 44 extra car parking spaces. The cash raised from this will go towards the cost of the improvements which include a new ice plant, a new and larger fish and shellfish processing areas for existing tenants.

Mr Richards says the two buildings to be demolished are "architecturally undistinguished" and they do not make an important contribution to the significance of the pier itself, nor do they contribute to the wider heritage setting of the harbour and Old Town.

Demolition of the two buildings would return the pier to the format which existed over the period between about 1914 and 1973.

The West Pier was first built from 1817-1822 under the supervision of William Barry and in 1867 the harbour committee of Scarborough Corporation resolved to improve the pier. Work to widen and extend it began in 1879 and was completed in 1881, designed by John Howkins.

The first permanent building was the Harbour Master's office, which was originally fish salesmen's offices and was erected in 1896.

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