Yorkshire Coast towns to split £1m investment to 'refresh' seafronts

Plans to spend £1 million to improve Filey, Whitby and Scarborough seafronts are set to get the go-ahead.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 11:17 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 11:18 am

On Tuesday next week the authority’s cabinet will be asked to approve the investment to “refresh and renew” tired and run down infrastructure in the three towns.

The money – part of the council’s capital strategy agreed in February – would be spent sprucing up the seafronts with new seating, improved amenities like public toilets and new floral displays.

So-called “grot spots” would be cleaned, additional litter and recycling bins installed and there would be new signage, showers and water bottle refill points.

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The work would be just the first phase of improvements on the Yorkshire Coast.

The town councils in Whitby and Filey and businesses in all three towns will be consulted about the exact improvements if the investment is approved by Cabinet.

The council has plans to make further significant investment in Filey as well as Whitby West Pier and Scarborough Spa from its own budgets.

The spending would be on top of the already announced Town Deals funding totalling £37.3 million and would be just the first phase of improvements.

Cllr Liz Colling, Scarborough Council Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, said: “This is a significant investment in our borough.

“The seafronts of Filey, Whitby and Scarborough are key tourist attractions and we need to make sure they meet the demands and aspirations of residents, businesses and visitors alike.

“At the same time, they need to reflect the history and tradition of each of the three towns.

“The £1m will also support our wider work to rebuild the borough’s visitor economy as lockdown restrictions are eased further.”