Bridlington mayor calls for movement over town regeneration

Terry Dixon, mayor, in Hilderthorpe Road.
Terry Dixon, mayor, in Hilderthorpe Road.

A “major part” of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s upcoming regeneration plans relate to Bridlington’s Area Action Plan (AAP), it has been revealed.

An £18 million regeneration fund was recently approved by East Riding Council’s Cabinet - a chunk of which will provide a boost for long-awaited improvement work covered by the Bridlington Town Centre AAP.

However Brildington Mayor Councillor Terry Dixon has called for regeneration work to begin sooner rather than later.

He said: “Bridlington has stood still for too long as it is. We welcome any movement with regards to the AAP. At least a good clean up would be good.

“It would be nice to know where they intend to start work, it seems such a muddle. When are things going to start?

“We need some sort of future plan. We have got to see some movement over the next five years but the sooner the better.

“The people of Bridlignton need to know when a difference is going to be seen. These questions have to be asked, when are we going to see some changes made in the town?”

The AAP, formerlly adopted by ERYC last year, sets out the planning policy approach and development proposals for the town centre and harbour area of Bridlington, inlduing sites such as the Hilderthorpe Road Coach Park.

Alan Menzies, director of planning and economic regeneration at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council’s recent announcement regarding the allocation of £18m towards the creation of a Regeneration Fund is designed to provide match-funding for regeneration projects and to take advantage of economic development opportunities across the East Riding, the fund will be allocated on a case-by-case basis rather than apportioned out.

“However it is fair to say that a major part of the council’s regeneration plans for the East Riding relate to the Bridlington Area Action Plan.”

Earlier this year the Free Press reported work on the AAP was set to start in earnest in 2014, with a £5.5m scheme to widen and improve Hilderthorpe Road and Beck Hill confirmed.

The council were also in talks with one developer over the sale of the Hilderthorpe coach park, after Tesco abandoned plans to move to a purpose built, bigger store on the site last year.

Mr Menzies said: “Since formally advertising Hilderthorpe Coach Park for sale by tender, in July 2013, the council received a number of expressions of interest and considered various offers for the 1.6 hectare site.

“However, due to differing valuations and quality of proposals, the council has not progressed these. The authority’s intention remains the same in that the site will be sold and the coach park relocated and expressions of interest in purchasing the site are still being considered.

“Phase two of the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan, which includes plans to widen Hilderthorpe Road and Beck Hill, will see the council submit a funding bid to the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership for around £7m, which will be considered in July. Subject to the bid being successful, the council anticipates work could start in early 2015.”

The £18m funding pot, secured from council reserves, is aimed at boosting regeneration across the East Riding including Bridlington.

Alongside the AAP Bridlington has seen major investment with construction work set to begin on the £20 million Leisure World project in the coming weeks.

Sewerby Hall is also undergoing a revamp to restore it to its former glory, while the council is supporting Yorkshire Water’s £40m works to improve Bridlington’s beaches.