Funding secured for Bridlignton Harbour

Bridlington Harbour Commissioners - Mr Chris Wright, Harbour Master & Chief Executive Harbour Office, Gummer's Wharf, Bridlington, YO15 2NR
Bridlington Harbour Commissioners - Mr Chris Wright, Harbour Master & Chief Executive Harbour Office, Gummer's Wharf, Bridlington, YO15 2NR

Funding for Bridlington Harbour has been secured after last winter’s bad weather caused damage to part of the South Pier.

Harbour Commissioners were awarded £56,000 to repair a protective coating on top of the concrete Fish Quay.

Chairman of Harbour Commissioners, Chris Wright, said: “The damage means that the concrete is now exposed to salt water, which could be very damaging to the structure if left unattended.

“If the steal framework inside the concrete begins to rust and expand, it could damage the concrete.

“The total cost of the repair work that needs to be done is actually in the region of around £80,000, so we will have to provide the remaining £24,000 from the Harbour’s revenue.

“This grant is of course a big help, and we are very happy to receive it because it is an important job that needs to be done.”

Because of the awkward location of the damaged coating, scaffolding will be erected along the pier so contractors can carry repairs.

Mr Wright added: “There will be around 90 yards of scaffolding along the pier.

“I should mention that there will be no disruption to the fishermen’s work while the work is ongoing - the maintenance of the harbour is our main concern.”

The grant has been supplied by the Department for Transport’s Small Port Recovery Fund, which was set up to help smaller ports in England deal with repair costs resulting from damage incurred by the winter storms.

Chief executive of Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, Margaret Hyland, added: “It’s good to be cracking on with our essential maintenance of the harbour.”

Repair work is due to begin in early spring, which commissioners believe will take two to three weeks to complete.