This article, Whitby Town Is Falling Down – , was originally published in 2010. Although some of the neglect has now been rectified, much has not, and every month more neglect of our beautiful town comes to light. This page aims to serve as a diary of neglect of our town by Scarborough Borough Council.
- Whitby Landslides, The Town Is Falling Down, Who Is To Blame ??
- Scarborough Borough Council Closes Another Fishing Venue In 2012
- West Pier Closed For Summer 2012 Mackerel Season
- Whitby Piers And Lighthouses Crumbling
- Whitby Town Is Falling Down
- West Pier Lighthouse Closed
- Whitby Harbour Full Of Sewage
- Closure For Whitby West Pier
- No Replacement Bridge For Whitby’s East Pier
- East And West Pier Demolition
- Unhappy Sea Anglers
- Whitby’s Filthy Streets
- Yet More Rubbish
Whitby Town Is literally falling down whilst Scarborough Borough Council stand by and watch. Our beautiful town, loved by so many from across the UK and worldwide, has been subject to underinvestment and a defunct repair and upkeep policy from Scarborough Borough Council that many parts of the towns heritage (our heritage) finds itself on the brink of collapse into the sea.
Rumors are rife that poor drainage systems around the Abbey Headland are to blame for recent landslips at Aelfreeda Terrace and the area just below St Marys Church.
Recent emails to Real Whitby from local campaigner Tom Broderick have highlighted how dredging may have caused the collapse of the harbour wall piling of the east side harbour close to the swing bridge.
Although the harbour wall has now been replaced, and an independent report has outlined the collapse was due to dredging, the bill for this neglect is expected to be met from the public purse at an estimated cost of 1.2 – 1.8 million pounds (All for the sake of several yachting births).
A walk along the towns once beautiful piers tells another heartbreaking story. The east pier has been neglected for so long that many of the features of the pier now find themselves in a state beyond repair. The piers capstans and other timberwork is now rotted beyond repair due to lack of maintenance. No amount of paint will ever put this right.
The east pier bridge giving access to the outer pier extension is missing and has been for far too long. Looking onto the outer extension itself reveals yet more neglect. The upper deck handrails are heavily corroded as are the old wooden lifebelt boxes. A look to the lower deck of the pier reveals that the handrails are corroded beyond repair with many being close to collapse, whilst several have already gone. The electric cables for the end lighthouse are corroding fast and it surely wont be long before tragedy strikes here.
The majestic east pier lighthouse which once protected the towns fishermen and mariners from the rocks on Whitby Scaur, now finds itself boarded up. The windows are cracked or worse still boarded up, and its woodwork hasn’t seen a lick of paint in a very long time. The pointing around the windows has fallen out and it surely wont be long before the windows follow suite.
A walk along old Church Street and into town, and its not long before you witness more neglect. The woodwork of the Dolphins around the swing bridge are also rotted well beyond repair, and a film of oil on the water surface below suggests that the bridges hydrolic system may also be past its best.
If you venture down pier road and examine the fish quay area around the ice house and oil births, neglect is once again highly evident. Many of the supporting wooden uprights are bashed or broken and one begins to wonder what is holding up the structures above.
Walking further still, this time onto the West Pier reveals a slight improvement with handrails and benches in a better state of repair, but dig a little deeper and you start to see the true story once again.
The West pier outer extension is now totally closed to the public, and like the east pier it is rumored locally that the bridge may be pulled down.
The lighthouse keeper on the west pier reports that when it rains, the water comes in through the roof and down the stairs in a torrent flowing over the wiring for the lighthouse electrics which have long since ceased to function.
West Pier bottom deck of the outer extension, where much of the handrail is either corroded or missing and 75% of the piers lower deck is closed to everyone including sea anglers who used to flock to the pier in search of a fish or 2 for their evening meal.
You dont have to look far on Whitby’s West Pier to realise that neglect from Scarborough Borough Council has brought the pier into a state of disrepair which you would not expect to find in one of the UK’s leading tourist destinations.
For those visitors and residents of the town with a little more energy, a climb up the towns infamous 199 steps and into the St Mary’s Graveyard above may be on the cards. But be warned, once up there you may struggle to find a seat to rest your weary legs as the benches around the graveyard are also in a poorly maintained state.
Real Whitby Magazine Asks WHY ??
- Whitby’s East Pier Bridge, Still Closed.
- East Pier Lighthouse Will Remain Closed Says Scarborough Borough Council.
- All East Pier Stories.
Whitby Towns Gallery Of Neglect – All Pictures Taken 2009 To 2011