Scarborough’s historic West Pier is set to go a ‘once-in-a-generation’ regeneration in a multimillion-pounds plan that includes a seafood restaurant and public events space for outdoor events and cultural activities.
The proposal opportunity plans to spend £11mil to revitalise the Scarborough area celebrating and supporting the town’s fishing and lobster industry, according to North Yorkshire Council.
The West Pier of England’s oldest seaside resort was completed back in 1822. With impressive Victorian red brick buildings that housed fish salesmen and Harbour offices.
The council states that it is in fact the second biggest harbour in Europe in regards to lobster catches. The proposal aims to restore the historical buildings as well as adding new and exciting developments.
As well as restaurants and events space, the pier, in the new development, would also see new facilities for local fishing fleets as well as opportunities to sell seafood caught off the Yorkshire Coast.
The council has launched a consultation of the pier’s plans including face-to-face meetings and online survers to allow as many people as possible to have their say.
Due to feedback from tenants and users, the council has already made revisions to the plans in response to these.
This includes more car parking spaces, up for 60 to 8- and working with locals to champion the pier’s heritage including a memorial feature to those who’ve lost their lives at sea.
North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for open to business, Cllr Derek Bastiman, said: “The West Pier project is one of the key cornerstones of the regeneration of Scarborough.
“It will respect Scarborough’s heritage as a working harbour while also breathing new life into that area of the seafront for the benefit of the fishing industry.”
If you’d like to view and comment on the plans head over to the website here.