HUGE demand for berths on Bridlington Harbour’s new pontoons have led to plans for yet more moorings to be built.
The 66 extra berths, completed only a month ago, have already been completely filled.
The new £270,000 pontoons are the biggest development of the harbour for decades and allow boats from 20ft cabin-cruisers to 40ft ocean going yachts to moor in Bridlington.
The cost of the development has been met entirely by the Harbour Commissioners and has not cost a penny to the taxpayer.
For the past two years, a pilot 11-berth pontoon has been monitored by the Commissioners to see how well it performed during winter weather and in different conditions- a test it passed with flying colours.
It has now been made twice as long and acts as the main entrance and link to three new pontoon spines supported on piles.
Harbour master, Chris Wright, said: “Everybody is really pleased about it, we have now got water and electric going to all the berths, it’s fantastic.
“We put in an 11 berth pontoon a couple of years ago and it proved so successful that we decided to install these extra ones.
“We have already started planning new pontoons on the North side of the chicken run.
“The yacht club have been asking for something like this for years and everybody’s delighted with them, they can use their boats 24 hours a day, it’s the best thing that’s happened to the harbour for donkeys years.
“The only thing that will ruin things is if the council pushes ahead with the proposed development of the harbour top. This is a working port and we need that space, and they will ruin it if they do what they are planning.”
The council, which has previously threatened to use its powers of compulsory purchase to push through the plans to build a multi-story car park, hotel, homes and shops on land taken from the harbour, have made changes to their development proposals after concerns from the Commissioners.
However the Commissioners have rejected the council’s position, criticising the vagueness of the plans, how the building work would be phased and other technical issues.
The future development of the harbour was due to be discussed at a public hearing at the Spa yesterday.