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Save Our Whitby Piers Petition

Real Whitby would like to thank you for taking the time to visit our website and sign the petition (below) to Save Whitby’s Piers.

However the piers at Whitby are not the only structures being neglected by Scarborough Borough Council. The list of neglect in our town is endless, so please take a few minutes to read our article entitled Whitby Town Is Falling Down by clicking here.

As always your comments on the issues we raise are welcomed and we actively encourage you to make your thoughts known through the comment form at the bottom of every page on the site. With your help we can get Whitby back on the right track.

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By |2011-12-07T01:50:16+00:00December 6th, 2011|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: , , |79 Comments

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  1. Joanne Andrews September 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    They are listed property surely SBC have a duty to safeguard them.

    • Teresa Hodgkinson September 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      Point is if the Extensions are allowed to fail then the old scenario will return to the Upper Harbour and it will deteriorate into mudflats again. Very likely that the Marina and Car Parks will be washed away and the Co-op subject to flooding. These people should really think ahead while having a sense of history. (T. Morris)
      JOB LOSSES follow the scenario above.

  2. Darren Lister September 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    I Travel From Hartlepool To Whitby Quite Regular, Would Be A Great Shame If Nothing Is Done About Both Pier’s .They Are A Massive Part Of Whitby And A Great Part Of The Tourist Attraction As Well As The Abbey And Many Place’s In Whitby , They Should Be Restored!!

  3. Tom Brodrick September 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    SBC Councillors do not bring council officers to account. SBC & NYCC Council officers run rings around Councillors, who are more concerned with party politics and their own popularity, not to mention the money!

  4. Joanness Litman, September 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    SBC should be ashamed

  5. Mac Pearey, September 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Loose the piers and we will loose a Massive chunk of History SAVE THE PIERS

  6. Heather Wall, September 17, 2011 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Whitby is a Gorgeous Place,so i hope the work will go ahead to restore the pier.

  7. Pete Wilson, September 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    It is a defining feature of a very special North Yorkshire coastal town and should be kept in good condition for the pleasure of locals and our many visitors.

  8. Tracey Jackson, September 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    It is shamefull the way Whitby has been allowed to fall into this state! The time has now come where SBC HAVE to pull their cheque books out & repair the piers and bridges to good working order. If my dad was still alive to see what has happened since he passed, he would be in tears!

  9. Leeanne Gilpin, September 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Its part and parcel of whitby, it can’t go and must be used!

  10. Joanna Guthrie, September 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    This is a much-loved and stunning feature of the town I love, which is of intrinsic importance to its local people and its tourist economy.

  11. Julie Statham, September 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    The piers are as much a part of Whitby as the sea and the sand, please restore them!

  12. Joyce Sturdy, September 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    The Piers are as much a tourist attraction as the Abby and the 199 steps. Lots of anglers come to Whitby to fish off the Piers.My late husband loved to fish there every time we came on holiday there. SAVE WHITBY PIERS

  13. John Mallette, September 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    I understand that the piers where closed for a reason. Lets hope that this petition goes some way to making the powers that bee realise that the sooner the piers are repaired and back in working order and safe to access again the better.

  14. Vicky Allen, September 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    I love Whitby and it is a sad state of affairs when i hear about SBC not doing anything about it sooner. Please restore The piers, it is a very big part of Whitby!!

  15. Sean Mckernan, September 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    The neglect of the Piers by SBC is absolutely outrageous. They seem determined to keep Whitby ‘in it’s place’ in relation to Scarborough. It’s time for action.

  16. Steve Channing, September 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    S.B.C are crazy if they think this done and dusted. I think they have seriously underestimated the strength of feeling here in the town and across the world. Restore our piers !

  17. Cactherine Tyreman, September 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Whitby is place known and loved by people from all over the world. it has become one of our most lucritive tourist spots due to its history and outstanding beauty. we should therefore be doing our best to keep it that way by looking after and restoring anything that makes it the place that it is and that includes restoring the historic piers.

  18. Siobhan Gallagher, September 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    I remember in the 70’s my Mum and Dad saying SBC would be the death of Whitby,how right they were.

  19. Elaine Jordan, September 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    It’d be a crime not to restore these piers. Scarborough Borough Council you should be ashamed of yourselves.

  20. Anne Durrant, September 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    It is part of of our heritage!

  21. Paul Rutland, September 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    As a visitor to Whitby on a few occasions i love the place and believe the piers to be one of the great sites of the town. They must be restored.

  22. Gloria J Starweaver, September 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    as an intended visitor/tourist…i am hoping to enjoy the piers

  23. Paul Race, September 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Some people will not be happy until all of our great history has been destroyed or dumbed down. WHY?????

  24. Mark dawson, September 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    A lot of money is spent by tourists and anglers in Whitby,it is short sighted not to reinvest some on the two piers!

  25. andyman, September 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Why oh why did the future of our beautiful and unique Whitby ever become reliant on the decisions of such a shower of siht from Scarborough Borough Council.

  26. Shania twain September 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    its a disgrace if this was in scarborough it would of been done ages ago seems they only spend money on the people who dont live in the region time to make a stand.

  27. Stephen Muir, September 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    one word only DISGRACE

  28. John E, September 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Why are we waiting

  29. Nick Berry September 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    This is a public disgrace – shame on you SBC

  30. jason wilson, September 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    if it was a big art project they would throw money at it. y not save some of our history insted of letting rot in to disrepair?

  31. Eugene Purvis, September 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Its a disgrace that Scarborough council cant even contemplate taking away part of the heritage of whitby…those councillors involved should hang their heads in sahme !!!!

  32. Jesse Peter Marshall, September 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Yet another reason why the people of Whitby mis-trust SBC. Come on SBC show us you care about Whitby and do something right.

  33. Bernard Sluzalek, September 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Big disappointment to hear this news. I still can’t believe this… the pier was such a massive attraction in Whitby. It’s bizarre. I can’t see how such a famous pier could possible come to this.

  34. David Minter, September 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    A walk to the end of the pier is part of everybody’s day in Whitby, residents and visitors alike. Shutting off the end of the pier is catastrophic for tourism: shame on you SBC! Access to the west pier extension should be restored immediately, better if access to the east pier extension is also restored.

  35. Ian Alexander, September 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    whitby’s piers and extensions are iconic landmarks of this great town. To allow them to degenerate in this manner without an attempt to restore them is a disgrace….come one SBC sort it out.

  36. D Cobbold, September 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    The lack of action in respect of the East pier extension footbridge is deplorable. It will be doubly outrageous if prompt action is not taken to re-open access to the West Pier.

  37. Mick Hucknall September 17, 2011 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    SBC need to spend money on re-pairing these piers instead of demolishing them.

  38. Mick Hucknall September 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Paul Smith,
    SBC time to put right this outrage. It’s like leaving a concours class E Type Jaguar to rot in your front garden

  39. Roger Rabbitt September 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    Historic icon.

  40. Jon Lawrence Risdon, September 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    It shouldn’t have had to come to this, but now will you act, SBC, before it’s too late?

  41. lens Jurgen September 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    I am a regular visitor, from the Netherlands. I do urge that SBC finds time and money to look after this iconic landmark. There are to many piers allready derilict in the UK. You should make it a priority to preserve monuments like these, in order not to loose it indefinitely through negligence. Please!

  42. Nick Barritt, September 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I have signed this petition in support of Whitby. This is not just because of the proposed demolition of the wooden extensions to the piers but as a protest against Scarborough Borough Councils disgraceful neglect and lack of investment in Whitby itself. Whitby and it’s iconic piers are a jewel in the North Yorkshire crown and should not be allowed to fall into ruin because of decisions made by a council with it’s own personal agenda (or should that read vendetta!).

  43. Charlotte Brown, September 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    The piers are an important part of Whitby’s historic and cultural heritage. The piers are an attraction in their own right. They are part of Whitby’s future – or should be. Please protect Whitby piers and harbour for us and for future generations

  44. Bassman, September 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    If the piers had been in Scarborough they would have been repaired years ago, but as all the Whitby people know, Whitby is the poor relation to Scarborough they always get the first pick of the cherry

  45. Helen Minter, September 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    The beautiful and historic piers are among the many reasons for visitors coming to Whitby and spending their money here, and thus contributing to the prosperity of our town. The piers need immediate restoration!

  46. The unknown soldier September 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    People of Whitby must fight to get this pier open again.If this was a Sacrbro pier it would be a priority !!

  47. Nigel Ward, September 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Save Whitby Harbour, Piers, Piers Extensions, Bridges and Lighthouses. This is one of the top half dozen historic harbours in the world. Time SBC treated it with RESPECT!!!

  48. Debbie Hardy, September 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Whitby and the people who love it do definitely deserve better. Please reinstate the piers.

  49. Glenn Kilpatrick, September 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    The east pier has been out of bounds for far too long now. With the addition of the closure of the west pier its now gone beyond a joke. Scarborough Council must pull their finger out, and fast.

  50. Paul Cannon September 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    The walk down to the end of the pier is such a pleasant, peaceful activity – I would be most disappointed if I was no longer able to do this.

  51. colin wilson September 17, 2011 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    they need to spend a few quid on whitby in general. May be they hope that whitby visitors will give in an go to scarborough. NO CHANCE

  52. Nigel Ward September 17, 2011 at 9:14 pm - Reply
  53. katherine smith September 18, 2011 at 5:13 am - Reply

    Whitby already has a famous ruin why add to it

  54. barry pattison September 18, 2011 at 8:37 am - Reply

    How can SBC let such a historical icon and tourist attraction get into such a state of disrepair then to top it off pull it down as if it where never there. This monument to the North Yorkshire and north east of England should be restored back to its former glory. An absolutely incredibly short sighted lack of investment. Shame on you SBC.

  55. Harry cook September 18, 2011 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Come on sbc, get your finger out (money) and get it sorted NOW.

  56. Nigel Ward September 18, 2011 at 10:51 am - Reply

    I have just emailed Yorkshire Coast Radio. Please feel free to do the same.

    I hope you guys are aware of the big breaking story in Whitby at the moment. Following the closure of the footbridge linking the West Pier to the West Pier Extension, the town is up in arms about Scarborough Borough Council’s 37 years of neglect in Whitby Harbour. Please view some of the following links – you will be gob-smacked!

    In the last 24 hours, an e-petition has accrued nearly FIVE HUNDRED signatures:

    Please give some coverage to our campaign – and feel free to call me if you want to come over to Whitby and talk to the main players.

    Kind regards,


    • Peter Buchanan September 18, 2011 at 11:36 am - Reply

      As a New Zealander, I’ve been especially privileged to visit Whitby, to view the site where James Cook’s “Endeavour” was built and to stay some days in your beautiful town. I’m a great fan of its charm and historical importance – the river, the piers, the lighthouses, the wonderful museum. And it’s really disappointing that the present authorities responsible for Whitby are apparently shirking that responsibility. This is such a gem of a town that maintenance and restoration is essential to preserve that unique history and memorable engineering.

      I am pleased that this petition will motivate responses globally, but I’m staggered that the Scarborough Borough Council should need such comment to act appropriately. Look after Whitby – it’s very special and there’s nowhere else like it!

      Auckland, New Zealand

  57. Nigel Ward September 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    @PB: A very valuable comment, sir, and all the more so because it is objective and devoid of any local bias of allegiance. Much appreciated. I thank you.

  58. Gill Maher September 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Whitby ALWAYS comes second fiddle to Scarburough it makes you wonder where the people who make the desicions live?!?!?!?!

  59. LYNN LAWRENCE (PARRY) September 18, 2011 at 12:30 pm - Reply


  60. kitty mcmurrau September 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    i like whitby, the piers are the best part. my childhood memories were spent there.

  61. Cliff Street September 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I was aware that the old stone piers were listed but not that the newer extensions were. If this is so, the Council should have obtained listed building consent for demolition of the east pier bridge. Is anyone aware of whether they did get permission? If they didn’t, demolition of the east pier bridge was illegal.

  62. Yuri Tykhonenko September 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Whitby is a special town for me, with its fabulous streets, steam locomotives at the railway station, the famous Magpie café and many other attractive places. I remember my evening walks along the pier, until the very end, where only the wind, waves and starry sky above. I can not believe that these walks will never happen again.

    Kiev, Ukraine

  63. sarah gosling September 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    i missed my usual holiday walk and was shocked at the news. come on SBC

  64. john September 20, 2011 at 7:05 am - Reply

    whitby would be a million times better off wivout those algerino’s have they 4got how much money the endevour made the SBC .why not tear down there fkin castle

  65. kim (saynor) lomas September 24, 2011 at 7:34 am - Reply

    My ancestors originate from Whitby. Joseph and Jerimiah Saynor…. moving down our line our family became the famous Saynor knife inventors and makers of Sheffield south yorkshire along side the ‘little mesters’. I have never returned to my roots but shall shortly do so. I have managed to move from the Sheffield area and got as far as living near withernsea…. my aim is to see my roots and the possiblility of returning ‘home’ to live and bring my family back to where they originated from. I value all historic things and its about time we all stood up to be counted in the neglect of such beautiful structures. Kim Saynor Lomas (author)

  66. James White September 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    The Whitby pier extensions have been a part of Whitby for as long as I can remember, both sides (East & West) are part of our heritage. It is a scandal that the east pier has been closed for so long and now to close the west end is a disgrace. Get your fingers out Whitby Town Councillors and don’t let our big ugly sister SBC rob us of our best assets, stand up for the people you are elected to represent.

  67. Chris Brown September 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    well said james

  68. Jem September 25, 2011 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    I hope they change there mind about the piers, I spend 50% of my summer holidays down here fishing.

  69. Jessica Tyrrell October 1, 2011 at 11:54 am - Reply

    The link for the petition does not work with IE – seems OK with Chrome. Maybe you would get more signatures if it worked with IE…

  70. James White October 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    I will be “on parade” with the demonstration in town Tomorrow, I hope we get a lot of support.
    Come on locals, stand up and be counted, show the councillors that we will not sit back and take their dictating.

  71. Paul Cooper October 4, 2011 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Can anyone tell me why the gazette reported there was 300 protesters ???????

    When there was clearly nowhere near that amount???

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  77. Chris Mccarthy March 5, 2014 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Scarborough gets everything they want. why?
    But here in whitby we have got numerous amounts of work and construction that needs to be done. Whitby’s east pier extension they started secureing the foundation of it back in 2012 now they have just left it to be eroded again SBC need to get there money out and get whitby there good features back Scarborough has got by far enough tourist attractions and so has whitby but we would have a massive increase in tourism numbers if our old features were fixed and new features built.

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