Whitby’s East Pier Bridge – Still Unrepaired

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Whitby’s East Pier Bridge – Still Unrepaired

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The east pier bridge was removed [fergcorp_cdt_single date=”11th april 2001″] , and still remains un repaired today.

Whitby’s east pier extension was built way back in 1913. Visitors and residents of Whitby had been able to access the extension over a small bridge from the inner stone pier.

However in 2001 the bridge was damaged by storms and the council removed it on safety grounds.

The bridge has never been repaired and despite many people asking the council when they intend to rebuild the bridge, the people and visitors of Whitby are still very much in the dark.

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By |2014-05-09T12:56:48+00:00April 23rd, 2013|Categories: Featured, Letters, News, Time Counters|Tags: , , |19 Comments

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  1. admin September 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Response From Council Back In 2006

    "I have passed your query onto Mr Neil Corrie, Group Engineer, and he has

    furnished me with the following response which I trust will answer your query.

    I refer to your recent email to the Council's Customer First regarding the link

    bridge between the East Pier and the eastern breakwater at Whitby Harbour.

    The link bridge was originally removed in 2001 on Health & Safety grounds

    following the displacement of the foundation support due to severe wave action

    and subsequent movement of the bridge itself, making access unsafe for


    Due to the estimated high cost, for which the Borough Council does not have the

    available funds, it will not be possible to replace this access bridge unless

    external funding is forthcoming from Defra (Department for Environment, Food and

    Rural Affairs). In order to secure such funding, the Borough Council is

    required to apply to Defra through a prescribed process which is undertaken

    following the preparation of a coastal defence strategy.

    The Whitby Coastal Defence Strategy, which recommended capital works to the

    Whitby piers, was completed in July 2002. However, the prioritisation for these

    works was not sufficient to enable Defra to support the recommended scheme,

    including the replacement of the link bridge, to be implemented as quickly as we

    all would wish.

    Despite this disappointment, the Borough Council has continued to pursue these

    projects with Defra and as a result further detailed studies and investigations

    are now being procured to help secure the funding required. These studies, which

    we hope will assist in securing a higher priority for the projects, will be

    grant aided by Defra. Tenders have recently been received for the further

    studies and it is envisaged that these will commence early in 2006 subject to

    approval and funding from Defra.

    I share your frustration about the temporary loss of access bridge but I trust

    that you will be assured of the Council's best endeavours in trying to have it

    reinstated as soon is possible.


    Lesley M Dale

    Port Services

    Scarborough Borough Council"

  2. tom Bennett September 7, 2010 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Its about time this bridge was replaced. Me and the good lady love a walk along there and the kids really miss the fishing.

  3. p.boiston September 19, 2010 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    I used to get the train to whitby as a schoolboy .and fished both piers.

    I fished it every winter until it shut.

    I would love to see that East Pier restored for the future.

    It would shurely attract more people to that side of the Harbour of Whitby.

  4. Andy Whitehouse October 24, 2010 at 10:51 am - Reply

    I see that the company repairing the outer extension are currently having it large at the tax payers expense. Working 24hrs a day and on full pay whilst doing nothing when the weather is bad. What a joke, SBC want shafting for the total neglect of Whitby piers, its a joke, what a bunch of flaming galars they are

  5. peter anderson October 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    sadly i do not think that sbc have any intention of reopening the east peir extention apart from anything else the wood decking is by almost certantly rotten after many of no inspections (i hope i am wrong)

  6. p.boiston October 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    All this talk of lack of money ect and now with all these cuts.

    Would you not think Lottery money could be found to repair that East Pier.

    Its Whibys shipping and fishing history we are talking about.

    This weekend 's Goth weekend would have had thousands of tourists flocking to that Pier just to take pictures of the Abbey.

  7. admin October 28, 2010 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Some money here for good causes :


    maybe they think the east pier isnt a good cause ?

  8. Nigel Ward June 25, 2011 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Perhaps the power-drunk control-freaks at Whitby Town (Parish) Council could flex their corporate muscles and exert some real influence on SBC to comply with their Statutory duty. On the other hand, perhaps they could form a Canasta Club or hold a Beetle Drive.

  9. peter anderson June 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    nigel, these tooth less kittens at wtc are not interested in doing anything if it inconveniences them.. i know that there a small number of councillors that do try to get things done.as for the rest of them all they are interested in is.LOOK AT ME I AM A TIN POT COUNCILLOR I AM SO IMPORTANT. ha bloody ha.

  10. Paul Cooper October 1, 2011 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    ive just been on the facebook page about the protest., looks like there will be about 75 (including me) at the protest, and 3,000 there in spirit……

    nowt changes, .

  11. Paul Cooper October 1, 2011 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    why are my comments waiting moderation?

    • admin October 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      Because your ip address is a perfect match for one which is in our moderation list.

  12. rhajibuhga November 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    I noticed that SBC were ready to borrow £3,5M to help the refurbishment of the Open Air, Theatre, did anything come of that?
    I wonder why an Open Air Theatre takes precedent of an historic pier.
    Oh of course silly me, The Theatre’s in Scarborough and the Pier’s in Whitby, forget I said anything

  13. rhajibuhga November 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Sorry, precedent over, not of

  14. p.boiston November 9, 2011 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Millions are going to be found to build another Weir across the River Esk .
    This Weir will hold the migratory fish up and leave them in danger of being killed by predators and exhaustion ect in times of drought.
    Townsfolk and Tourists would be better served if a little bit of the millions were spent repairing the East and the West Piers.
    I am a fisherman who has visited Whitby since my childhood from Stockton on Tees , but i am mainly talking with my tourist head on and conservation. I am saddened to see these piers being washed into the North Sea in this Historic Fishing Port.

  15. Phil Greaves February 22, 2012 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Two weeks ago, Scarborough BC announced plans for a new Council Depot costing £189m – because their current one on Dean Road was too big, and they’d already sold some of the land to Tesco. At the same time, SBC have submitted plans to convert the closed St Nicholas Cliff (which was profitable when the Council closed it some 5 years ago) into a cafe and toilet. So there’s no shortage of cash in SBC then? Shouldn’t this be pointed out to a higher authority – English Heritage, MPs, National Press etc? As cusodians they have a responsibility and legal obligation to maintain listed structures such as the East Pier and Extension.

  16. paul kilpatrick February 18, 2013 at 2:22 am - Reply

    I find it nothing short criminal that SBC have not made the effort to repair the small bridge on east peir just how the hell do they get away with it why arent the people of whitby kicking up a big stink its all part of the heritage of the town i know if it was at scarbourough it would have done years ago its not like its a major construction project it makes my blood boil somebody at the powers that be at scarborough should be made accountable for the neglect its shocking.


  17. Colin Brittain April 24, 2013 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Sadly there is little to no hope of the outstanding work being done whilst we have to go cap in hand to SBC.

    One only has to trip along the Scarborough sea front to see where Whitby money is being spent. SBC treat the income as though it is a honey pot for Scarborough. There is none of the decay that we have to endure yet despite what they say about cuts they always manage to find it for Scarborough projects.

    The piers are a significant part of our town’s heritage yet they are being left to rot, yes they are no longer safe for people but that is only because SBC has let them worsen to such an extent that they are unsuitable. The extensions were built for a reason yet left to their own devices they will simply corrode to such an extent that removal is the only option, thereafter the resulting tidal surges could ultimately prove catastrophic and possibly fatal.

    The open air theatre has created a valuable asset for which many artists have encouraged people to go, yet it is doubtful that we would see any benefit, it is all Scarborough, Scarborough, Scarborough. The car parks are over burdened generating vast sums, but it simply goes into Scarborough’s kitty.

    It is high time that our local councillors do something, they are elected members who are supposed to be working to benefit Whitby, but a tour of the town confirms that there is little to no development that will improve Whitby nor encourage tourists and therefore increase finances????

  18. Phil Greaves April 24, 2013 at 11:02 am - Reply

    This issue clearly needs to go to a higher authority. The last comment is so eloquently put, coiuld he not copy to the Yorkshire Post, D. Telegraph etc. Also it’s high time English Heritage stepped in. Where is the M.P. on this?
    And wasn’t there a coastal communities fund established?
    Also might be worth looking at the new Community Asset Register?

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