'Dangerous' wartime pillbox on Cayton Bay beach is made safe

A wartime relic at Cayton Bay beach has had to be altered after safety fears.

Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 6:44 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 7:14 am

The pillbox - one of many built along the coast to defend against an invasion during World War II - had started to break down, leaving one large piece of stone in a precarious position.

Rob Shaw, of Ganton, noticed the large slab was propped up dangerously against another piece of stone last September.

He said he reported his concerns to Scarborough Borough Council then, but that nothing was done until last month.

The pillbox has been made safe

The dad-of-two said before the work: “I used to work in construction and I would have been fired if I had left a lump of concrete like that.

“It could weigh four or five tonnes.

“It just needs lying flat on the sand so it can't fall on anyone.”

A spokesperson for Scarborough Borough Council said the council had assessed the pillbox and arrangements had been made for the problem section to be removed.

Part of the pillbox was in a precarious position

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