Proposals to bring more port related activity back to Whitby have taken another step forward.
Following the Meeting of Whitby Harbour Board and Scarborough Council’s Cabinet last week Members agreed that part of the Endeavour Wharf be offered for lease by competitive tender.
The report presented to councillors showed that in recent months the council had received a number of enquiries from those wishing to use the port, particularly Endeavour Wharf, to support various offshore activities in the North Sea. As a result and given the increase of activity and government policy relating to new offshore wind development, it is considered a good time to offer part of Endeavour Wharf for lease.
The report outlined that proposals would only be invited for activity in keeping with the operations of a port and in line with permitted development, i.e. in support of the shipping of people, goods, cargo etc.
Cabinet’s decision represents the first formal step in the process of trying to secure new business and employment activity in the port. If any tenders come forward, the details of the proposals and the decision on whether to enter into any lease would be subject to evaluation and consultation over the coming months.
Cllr Derek Bastiman, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Regeneration said:
“This is the next significant step in a long line of activity that the council and Whitby Harbour Board have been undertaking to try and secure more marine related activity in Whitby, particularly in support of the Offshore Wind industry.
“Whitby port is ideally located to serve the North Sea for a diverse range of maritime operations. Diversification of the business activity undertaken at the port is essential if we are to secure new employment and economic growth for the town.
“A successful outcome of this tender could really place Whitby on the map as a significant service port.”
Cllr Mike Cockerill, Chairman of Whitby Harbour board added:
“Whitby has a long history of serving the maritime industry. This is a new era of opportunity and we sincerely hope that we will get some exciting proposals come forward as a result. By this time next year it is possible that Whitby will be host to some new port activities. We will of course ensure that all our existing port users are accommodated within any new proposals.”
Endeavour Wharf, the former cargo wharf, was last used for that purpose by Associated British Ports (APB) in the 1990s for the handling of steel and timber. The wharf is approximately 9,000sqm in area and primarily used for parking and fishing vessel berthing at the current time. Approximately 2,200sqm of the wharf will be offered for lease.
The tender period started on 24 June and will run until 5 August this year. Any proposals which are received will then be evaluated and presented to stakeholders and councillors in September.
Further information can be found at http://www.scarborough.gov.uk/endeavour1