In­ves­ti­ga­tion to get un­der way

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Scar­bor­ough also has the po­ten­tial to be a key player in serv­ing the UK off­shore wind sec­tor, ac­cord­ing to the strat­egy.

Cllr Jef­fels added: “We will be look­ing at set­ting up a task group to take it for­ward at the scru­tiny meet­ing on Wed­nes­day and I would ex­pect it to go to full coun­cil in Novem­ber.”

Once the strat­egy is adopted for Scar­bor­ough, busi­ness plans are set to be de­vised for the ports of Whitby and Fi­ley Brigg. The har­bour re­port will go to the coun­cil’s over­view and scru­tiny com­mit­tee to be in­ves­ti­gated with an up­date ex­pected around Christ­mas time. The com­mit­tee was due to meet yes­ter­day. along­side a task group set up by the au­thor­ity’s over­view and scru­tiny board.

Cllr David Jef­fels, who sits on the board, said: “It’s a very am­bi­tious strat­egy that is planned. It has got great in­no­va­tion and it is go­ing to have con­sid­er­able long-term cul­tural and eco­nomic ben­e­fits to Scar­bor­ough.

“There is so much sup­port from a wide range of har­bour users and other or­gan­i­sa­tions in the town.

“Ev­ery­one re­alises the har­bour is a key tourist at­trac­tion. It dates back more than 700 years and it has con­tin­ued to de­velop.

“We have seen the de­cline of the fish­ing in­dus­try and the cargo has also di­min­ished.

“But nev­er­the­less the plan out­lined in the strat­egy will take it for­ward and show that it re­mains sus­tain­able.

“It is a won­der­ful as­set and the mixed-use de­vel­op­ment that is pro­posed is go­ing to help it be­come even more vi­able.

“It has evolved tremen­dously over the cen­turies and this is tak­ing it into the 21st cen­tury.”

The plan calls for new de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to be ex­plored and in­di­cates that there could be a resur­gence in the town’s dwin­dling fish­ing in­dus­try.

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