New lifeboat station plans are approved

Bridlington's proposed new lifeboat station
Bridlington's proposed new lifeboat station

Plans for a new £3 million RNLI lifeboat station in Bridlington have been approved by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

It will replace the charity’s current lifeboat station on South Marine Drive, which has operated since 1903 and is now too cramped and outdated for the RNLI’s needs. Work is expected to start later this year.

Richard Dunk, Bridlington RNLI Chairman, said: ‘Everyone involved with the RNLI in Bridlington is absolutely delighted that the plans have been given the go ahead.

“The new lifeboat station will bring all our lifesaving assets under one roof, as well as speeding up our launch times and providing much improved facilities for the volunteer crew.”

The new station will also be home to a new state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboat, which will replace Bridlington’s current Mersey class all-weather lifeboat in around three years’ time.

“It will enhancing our life saving capabilities on the east coast and starting an exciting new chapter in the long and proud history of Bridlington RNLI,” said Mr Dunk,”

The two-storey building will provide the extra space needed for the Shannon class lifeboat and its launch vehicle enabling them to remain coupled together when not in use, speeding up the launch process.

The building’s site on Spa Promenade, between the Spa and the pumping station, will also improve launch times as the lifeboat will not need to be taken across the main road to reach the sea.

Bridlington’s inshore and all-weather lifeboats to be housed in the same building. Current space restrictions means the inshore boat and equipment are housed separately on Princess Mary Promenade.

Modern training and changing facilities for the volunteer crew; a mechanic’s workshop; a shop and a viewing area so the public can see the lifeboat area also included.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council supports the life-saving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and its many bases of operation along the East Yorkshire Coast.

“Now that approval from the council’s planning committee has been secured, the plans for the new station in Bridlington can proceed.”