Harbour dream sails into view

Bridlington is a step closer to achieving the long-awaited dream for a Yorkshire Harbour and Marina after an understanding was reached between the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the town’s Harbour Commissioners.

Discussions have been progressing well between the parties with an agreement made which will see the two organisations working together to develop a first-class commercial and leisure facility.

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Bridlington Harbour'NBFP PA1507-2n

The Bridlington Area Action Plan (AAP), which was adopted by the council in 2013, highlighted the harbour area’s potential as a key spur for the town’s regeneration and the council and commissioners are now working together to look in more detail at the design and costs options of the layout previously agreed in the AAP.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “This announcement is yet more good news for Bridlington and demonstrates this authority’s commitment to regenerate the town, expand its tourism offer and strengthen its reputation as a top visitor destination.

“Discussions with Bridlington Harbour Commissioners over the implementation of the proposal are at an early stage and we will now need to establish whether we can agree a scheme that is workable and affordable for both parties. We are very pleased to have struck an agreement to work together for the benefit of the town and our residents.

“The council and commissioners will now work on finalising the development plans, confirming the costs of the project and securing external funding.”

(L-R) Chris Wright, Dr Alan Watson, Pete Ashcroft, Alan Menzies, Dave Snowden, Nigel Pearson, Margaret Hyland and councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE

(L-R) Chris Wright, Dr Alan Watson, Pete Ashcroft, Alan Menzies, Dave Snowden, Nigel Pearson, Margaret Hyland and councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE

The new harbour and marina may include:

-a new main south pier and an extension to the north pier

-improved facilities for the town’s fishing fleet, including vessel maintenance and storage facilities

-a new marina with berthing space for circa 250 leisure vessels

-enhanced arrangements for the town’s pleasure boat operators

-space for firms involved in the maintenance of the offshore wind energy installations to operate

-additional quayside space for operational use, as well as for potential hotel, commercial, leisure, residential and car parking development.

The council and the Bridlington Harbour Commissioners have now entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to reflect the commitment of the parties to work together to deliver the proposal.

Chris Wright, chairman of Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, said: “Bridlington Harbour Commissioners are committed to working with East Riding of Yorkshire Council and look forward to reaching an agreement and finalising development plans for a scheme which will enhance and regenerate the area by bringing up-to-date commercial and leisure facilities and will be of benefit to the wider community of Bridlington.”

To bring the project forward, the council has seconded its head of planning and development management, Pete Ashcroft, to the newly-created post of director of Yorkshire Harbour and Marina Project. In this role, he will work closely with the commissioners and the wider community to progress the scheme.

“I’m very excited to be taking up this new role and look forward to working with all our partners to develop the Yorkshire Harbour and Marina plans further, identify and secure additional funding and subsequently start work on this multi-million-pound project, which will bring benefits to Bridlington for decades to come,” he said.