Objections to South Bay lifeguard unit

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SCARBOROUGH’S South Bay could be in line for a new Beach Lifeguard Unit after an application was submitted to build one on the slipway.

The RNLI is requesting permission to build a temporary unit which will operate daily during the summer between May and September, after which it will be removed.

Proposals show the unit will be larger than those erected in previous years, and has been designed to allow unobstructive views of the bathing area, shelter for lifeguards, and equipment storage.

The plans have been supported by the council’s Tourism and Culture Services, which says: “The Beach Lifeguard Unit will provide a much-needed service to safeguard visitors to the South Bay area.”

In order to build the unit it is proposed that sections of the cobbles on the slipway will be excavated to allow for foundations, to which the unit will be bolted before the cobbles are relaid.

It is intended that at the end of the season the base would be unbolted, the unit removed and the remaining cobbles reinserted to return the slipway to its original state.

As a result Scarborough’s Civic Society has objected to the proposal.

A spokesperson said: “Clearly the proposed Lifeguard Unit is welcomed by all. The problem is location.

“The logic of this proposal is questionable, the chances of the disturbed slipway surviving the winter seas is questionable as is the retention of the removed cobbles.

“Also aesthetically the partial blocking of this simple access to the beach is regrettable.”

The plans are being recommended for approval by the council’s planning officers. Councillors on the planning committee will decide whether to grant the application at a meeting on Thursday.