THE multi-million pound regeneration plans to completely transform Bridlington’s town centre began this week – with the start of the demolition of the first buildings.
Contractors moved in on Monday to begin knocking down a block of terraced homes in an area destined to become a new-look approach to the town centre and seafront.
They stripped out old furnishings and fittings from a row of seven boarded-up former shops and houses from 92 to 104 Hilderthorpe Road, at the rear of the Tesco petrol station.
They will be the first properties for decades to be demolished in Bridlington by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to make way for regeneration development.
The leader of East Riding Council, Stephen Parnaby OBE, described it as an important sign that things are happening in Bridlington, for residents and for visitors.
He said: “You read about all the doom and gloom about development stopping, but things are – continued on Page 5
still happening in Bridlington.
“It sends out the right message. There is no other seaside town in the country where this is happening. Towns, yes, but not seaside towns.
“We are still very much committed to Bridlington and its future.
“Improving the environment of this part of the town centre is an important first step in preparing the redevelopment site in line with the Bridlington Area Action Plan for the long term future of the town.
“I know local people are keen to see plans progressed and the site redeveloped.”
Local ward councillors, Margaret and Chad Chadwick, agreed it was an important point in the town’s history.
“It is the beginning of a new era for Bridlington. I am glad it has started, I think people were beginning to think it would never happen and I am please it is starting to move,” said Margaret Chadwick.
Mrs Chadwick also said she was pleased the demolition work would not cause disruption in the area.
After the properties have been stripped out, which could take up to two weeks, scaffolding will go up and they properties “hand demolished” due to the proximity of Hilderthorpe Road and the Gypsey Race at the back of them. That is expected to take up to 10 weeks.
Finally the area will be grassed over and graduated in a slope to the Gypsey Race and fenced off.
The properties are among a number already acquired by the authority in the immediate area which are also earmarked for demolition as part of preparing the overall site as an attractive proposition for private investment and development.
The result, in accordance with the town’s Area Action Plan, will be Burlington Parade, a new commercial and residential zone between the coach park area and the harbour, one of the main routes into town.
It should include a mix of office, retail and leisure space plus up to 600 more town house and apartment housing units.
It is just one aspect of the blueprint for Bridlington’s future prosperity which forms the Area Action plan to be to be submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in April.
It will be examined by an inspector and a series of public meetings on the plan are expected to take place this summer.