Traders discuss Marine Drive closure

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TRADERS along Scarborough’s seafront will meet with the company behind engineering works which will close one of the town’s main roads to motorists.

Earlier this month it emerged that part of Marine Drive will either partially or completely shut for two years from spring next year as Yorkshire Water carries out extensive work at its Toll House pumping station, although the stretch will remain open to pedestrians.

The company said the work was necessary to construct an overflow chamber, a storm water storage tank and a storm water pumping station in its drive to make Scarborough’s bathing waters among the best in Europe.

As a result of the news, a Toll House liaison group has been set up for traders and other interested parties to make their voices heard in regular meetings with Yorkshire Water officials.

The group held their first meeting earlier this week and all traders on both the North Bay and South Bay will be invited to the next meeting in January.

Cllr Janet Jefferson said: “We are trying to work with everybody to make sure everybody knows that Scarborough is open and working.

“It is going to be painful in the short term and it will affect a lot of people, but we are very lucky that we are one of the very few coastal areas getting this treatment.”

A hole 40 metres deep and 20 metres wide will be drilled in Marine Drive by Yorkshire Water engineers.

Cllr Jefferson said a viewing area would be erected while the work progresses and that local schoolchildren will be offered the chance to go on educational visits to the site once work commences.

“I think Yorkshire Water are making a good effort to consult before the work starts,” she added.