A BLOCK of five properties will become the first to be demolished as part of Bridlington’s town centre regeneration.
Work should start next month and could last up to 18 months on removing numbers 92 to 104 Hilderthorpe Road, at the rear of Tesco’s petrol station, as part of site clearance ahead of the proposed redevelopment of the area as a new commercial and residential zone off the town centre.
The properties, together with others in the vicinity, have already been acquired by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and some have been empty for up to four years.
The demolition is part of the project known as Burlington Parade, which is designed to open up the area between Springfield Avenue down to Bridge Street. It will include a mix of domestic and commercial properties and make a feature of the Gypsey Race.
The move will involve the closure of the small dead end road, part of the former Station Approach, which once ran across that site, opposite the end of Windsor Crescent, for contractor storage and parking.
John Lister, head of Bridlington Renaissance, said the block of former shops and domestic properties – from the Tesco entrance to the corner of the former Station Approach – was the first such demolition.
Others are planned in the area, the next batch being some of the properties closer to The British Legion Club, but not the Legion itself.
“We are trying to improve the environment of Hilderthorpe Road, the site of the five properties will be cleared, a bank provided to the Gypsey Race, soil will be laid and we are hoping to get it grassed and fenced off,” said Mr Lister.
Preliminary work should start early in February and demolition commence in March.
The work is to prepare the site ready for potential developers who would be responsible for working to Bridlington’s Area Action Plan for the future.
Consultation on the plan ended on Monday. It will now be sent, together with comments from the consultation, to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
He will appoint an inspector who will arrange for the public examination of the document later in the year, probably between May and June.
The demolition work on Hilderthorpe Road cannot come soon enough for Neville Michael whose unisex hair salon looks onto the site.
He said: “We have been looking forward to this for more than three years.
“I am really pleased something is happening. The empty, boarded up properties have been an eyesore and a talking point with customers who all want something to be done.
“It will open up the area and whatever they have to do to the site it will look better than it does now. We are now waiting for the redevelopment to go ahead.”