What is all the fuss about?
Answer: the town’s existing car and coach park is to be relocated to an underused car park on the other side of town as part of a plan with two objectives -
1. To make the town centre a more pleasant, appealing and inviting environment for residents and visitors alike, and
2. Free up the Hilderthorpe Road site for much-needed development.
Who could possibly object?
But this is Bridlington, a town over-endowed with vociferous Nimbys, naysayers, pathological curmudgeons and those so parochial in their outlook that the only opinion they can countenance is their own.
The town has endured years of stagnation and neglect and was in a moribund mess.
Now, when the much awaited regeneration is finally happening, instead of celebration, the scheme is confronted by a broadside of moaning, half-truths, exaggerations, letters demanding alternatives (though offering none), opposition for opposition’s sake, and dire warnings of the mayhem that will ensue should the scheme be allowed to go ahead.
Little wonder that the town got into such a state.
As for the former Co-op site being an empty eyesore, it is currently occupied by the Christ Church Community Hub as a furniture depository, and before that was the location for Bridlington Contemporary, a not-for-profit group staging free-to-all art and cultural events (now relocated to 3 West Street, Bridlington).