Colonel says gardens ‘look like a cemetery’

Bridlington War Memorial'Remembrance Service'PA1045-24m'Service at the War memorial'Ian Bryce
Bridlington War Memorial'Remembrance Service'PA1045-24m'Service at the War memorial'Ian Bryce

BRIDLINGTON’S new Pembroke Gardens development has been likened to a Holocaust victims’ memorial.

According to a long-serving Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, Colonel Iain Bryce, the concrete slabs and ‘lollipop’ trees bare an uncanny resemblance to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, situated in Berlin.

Colonel Bryce, 74, of Cardigan Road, Bridlington, who is to retire from his Deputy’s post in March after 33 years, described the gardens as “looking like a cemetery”.

He said: “It does make you wonder if the architect subliminally used the memorial design in his plans.

“I don’t know what his brief was, but it looks very similar to tombs in a cemetery.

“The glass panels are a strange design feature, and the trees I don’t think will survive over time.

“It could have been one of the nicest parts of Bridlington, but it’s crazy how it has ended up looking.”

The memorial, which opened in 2005, is also known as the Holocaust Memorial, and is a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

It was designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold, and consists of a 4.7 acre site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or “stelae”, arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field.

The site, situated just south of the Bradenburg Gate, is controversial, and was described by Ignatz Bubis, the then leader of the German Jewish community, as unnecessary.

Likewise the Pembroke Terrace project has had its critics. Since the tree design was unveiled in 2008, residents and hoteliers of the Pembroke Terrace area fought vigorously against the plans, claiming the foliage would destroy their sea views, provide cover for gangs of trouble-makers and create large amounts of debris which they would have to clear up.

They collected a 550-name petition opposing the scheme in October 2009 and the council reduced the number of trees from the initial 88 to the 33 finally planted in November.