Marine set to see scenes like these again

Engineering works in Marine Drive more than 20 years ago. Photos taken by Leo Pratt

Engineering works in Marine Drive more than 20 years ago. Photos taken by Leo Pratt

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DRAMATIC scenes like these are set to be seen again on Scarborough’s seafront.

A huge programme of engineering works in Marine Drive will begin this year to improve seawater quality off the coast.

Blinding the base''(1m diameter circular concrete 'seacant piles form excavation walls

Blinding the base''(1m diameter circular concrete 'seacant piles form excavation walls

These startling pictures – taken by an Evening News reader Leo Pratt in 1989 of similar work on the Yorkshire Water sewage pumping station work in Marine Drive – give some indication of the scale of the job.

Mr Pratt, who worked on the Marine Drive project as a foreman for Johnston Construction more than 20 years ago, recalled the extensive scheme.

He said: “It was an unusual and unique job. I worked in construction for all of my life and we never had another one like that.

“I recall finding a lot of timber stumps that had been used by the original people 100 years previously who had built Marine Drive. We had to dig past a lot of the old timbers and we went a lot deeper.

On the way down crane grabs out the spoils

On the way down crane grabs out the spoils

“I didn’t think they would be digging it up so soon but you never know if legislation will overtake what has been done.”

During the £4 million, two-year project, Mr Pratt worked to install a system which would pump waste far out at sea after it had been treated.

He added: “A big machine bored down through the rock and everything else. We broke through to the sewers and diverted the flows.

“Overnight, all that sewage going into the sea off Scarborough was finished.

“I remember it was very cold. I don’t miss the wind down there!”

Yorkshire Water have said that the new project, which will see Marine Drive either partially or completely shut to motorists for two years, will make seawater off the Yorkshire coast among the cleanest in Europe.

An overflow chamber, a storm water storage tank and a storm water pumping station will be constructed as part of a wider £110 million investment scheme.

It is believed that while the work is progressing, educational visits to the site will be offered to Scarborough schoolchildren.