Aside from the justifications put forward for the two Spa sea defence proposals, which are at best based on spurious arguments and at worst propaganda and spin, what kind of philistine mentality would advocate the dumping of a vast phalanx of boulders against a unique Grade II* listed building of national and historical significance, in an area of outstanding scenic beauty?
Nationally, only 5.5% of buildings in the whole of the UK are of this important architectural category.
If it is irrefutably proven that engineering work is required at the Spa sea wall, the essential issue here is that of responsible historical conservation, crucially in terms of appropriate design, materials, aesthetics and taste.
What is proposed, however, amounts to a wholly tasteless, retrogressive act of crude, facile vandalism, that gratuitously debases the integral work of the Victorian architects and civil engineers.
As designers, there was nothing ugly whatsoever about the Victorians’ achievements.
Scarborough is primarily in the tourism business, a concept that seems to have escaped the attention of those proposing such a squalid, unnecessary blight on the unique seascape and heritage of the town, the very key aspects that attracts visitors, both nationally and internationally, in the first place.
If either of these ill-conceived, ill-informed schemes goes ahead, it is perfectly obvious as to what the inevitable adverse reaction will be from the tourists when confronted with the results of this latest ruinous proposition.
It will be viewed as an unmitigated disaster.
To paraphrase Prince Charles, what the Kaiser’s battle cruisers and the Luftwaffe were not able to damage in Scarborough during the last century’s World Wars, we can perfectly accomplish ourselves with a lack of vision, an abject sense of design and a woeful absence of awareness of the importance of conserving with integrity, our invaluable historical and architectural legacy.