Plan to regenerate harbour for local people and tourists gathers momentum.

Proposals have been put forward for a £2.5m overhaul of Whitby Harbour. The scheme, designed to boost tourism in the region, has been drawn up by a working group of local stakeholders and councillors, who want to see the entire harbour area regenerated. The plans include building more berths for yachts, creating new pontoons, improving access for disabled users and building an on-shore water resource centre. There is also a possibility of providing workspace accommodation, which would create jobs in the town.

The proposals go before Scarborough borough council on Tuesday, and will be on display to the public at the Whitby tourist information centre from July 15. After the consultation period the borough council will examine possible ways of funding the scheme.

Town councillor and chairman of the Whitby Harbour Improvement Working Group Michael Craven-Moulder said: “Whitby is not only a working harbour, but also a major attraction that is much loved by local people. Much discussion has gone into these proposals and I am confident that we have a proposition that will successfully marry together the wishes of the many different groups involved.”