Following the announcement of the Harbour Commissioners and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council signing a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ in relation to the Harbour and Marina, here are the most frequently asked questions regarding the project.
What is the ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ that East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Bridlington Harbour Commissioners have signed?
The memorandum is a written agreement that sets out how the council and commissioners will work together to develop a scheme for an enlarged harbour and marina based on the policies and preferred outline layout in the Bridlington Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP), adopted in 2013.
How will the project’s development be discussed between the Council and Commissioners?
The council and the commissioners have agreed to establish a joint project management group that will meet monthly to manage and direct the harbour and marina project, consisting of three representatives each.
Chris Wright (chairman), Margaret Hyland (chief executive) and Mark Trevitt (harbour surveyor) will represent Bridlington Harbour Commissioners and Nigel Pearson (chief executive), Alan Menzies (director of planning and economic regeneration) and Peter Ashcroft (interim director, Yorkshire Harbour & Marina) will represent East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
What does it look like and how much will it cost?
The council and the harbour commissioners are at an early stage in working together to develop a detailed design and layout for the project and related budget costs and options. Further details will be released once agreed between the council and the commissioners.
The project must be affordable and workable for both parties. A detailed business case will be developed together with the project cost, once a final scheme has been agreed. It should be recognised that if the project proves to be too expensive for the council and the commissioners or if sufficient funding is not available then the project will not proceed.
The project may include an enlarged harbour and marina and consist of the following:
a new main south pier and extension to the north pier,
Improved facilities for the harbour’s fishing fleet, vessel maintenance and storage facilities,
a new marina with berthing space for circa 250 vessels,
space for firms involved in the maintenance of the offshore wind farm industry,
commercial development on the quayside for a potential hotel, leisure, retail and residential development with associated car parking.
The new marina could provide circa 250 berths to breathe new life into the historic harbour, giving this valuable heritage asset a long-term, more prosperous future at the heart of the town centre’s activities. The marina will serve the Yorkshire region and supplement the existing marinas along this part of the North Sea coast in Hull, Scarborough and Whitby. It will provide Bridlington with a major additional attraction, stimulating new investment and jobs.
Where will the funding come from?
The council has earmarked a £35m regeneration reserve that it could, subject to formal council approvals, contribute to the costs of the proposed scheme. Bids for external grant funding will then be sought from various bodies, such as the European Union and through the local enterprise partnerships to bridge the gap in the scheme’s development costs.
What are the next stages in the project’s development?
The council and the commissioners have agreed that a national contractor would be appointed to review the present outline design and assist in an assessment of the project shown in the AAP to ensure that the working estimates for the proposal are reliable. With reliable estimates for the proposal available, a rigorous business case can be developed for the present outline design and, if necessary, any adjustments made to the proposal. This work will be necessary to demonstrate a sound business case for the project to support, among other things, a decision to proceed to the detailed design stage and future applications for grant assistance.
How will the Bridlington community be involved in the project’s development?
Regular progress reports on the various regeneration projects in Bridlington have been, and will continue to be, made to the town’s renaissance partnership, including its town improvement and business forums, and to the Bridlington Town Team. Once it is established that the harbour and marina project is viable, a specific programme of consultation involving various interested parties will be undertaken, including with the community at large.
When might we see the new harbour and marina being developed?
The background studies completed so far have indicated that it is likely to take around two years to complete the design work and get the necessary statutory and other consents in place before any construction could start but it should be recognised that this is a large and complex project which will take some years to come to fruition.