Footbridge on historic pier to return after 17-year wait

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A missing footbridge on Whitby’s historic piers is to be replaced this winter after being removed 17 years ago.

Scarborough Borough Council has revealed that the East Pier bridge will be put up during a break in the £7.6m scheme to repair the crumbling piers.

PIC: Ceri Oakes

PIC: Ceri Oakes

The original footbridge was removed in 2001 because of damage caused by the sea, but a £300,000 replacement is expected to in place by the end of November.

A report due to be discussed by full council on Monday sets out progress with the wider scheme.

Coun Mike Cockerill, the cabinet member for major projects, wrote: “Contracts have been issued to Balfour Beatty and are in the process of being signed.

“Works are due to begin on site in September 2018. There will be a winter shut down between November 5, 2018 and March 17, 2019 due to anticipated deterioration in sea conditions preventing marine-based work progressing in an efficient manner.

“During the winter shutdown the council intends to install the new link bridge to the East Pier.”

The footbridge project was realised after Whitby Town Council agreed to contribute £6,000 annually over 20 years from the revenue generated by public toilets.

The previous footbridge allowed harbour staff easy access to maintain the navigation beacon at the end of the pier’s eastern extension, with a boat and ladders required for access since its removal.