Beach is hit by ‘terrible’ damage

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RESIDENTS in Hunmanby Gap have have been left frustrated over protruding drainage pipes blighting the coastline.

Members of the Hunmanby Gap Resident’s Association have called for drastic improvements after a 15ft pipe appeared on the cliff after recent erosion.

The group have argued the pipe, which sticks out 25ft from the cliff and originally ran under a concrete slipway, is causing aesthetical damage and is a huge health and safety hazard as it is discharging waste on to the sands below.

Grant Inkpin, chairman of the Hunmanby Gap Residents’ Association, said the pipework created an unsightly perception of the area.

He said: “We love our beach and hold regular beach clean sessions to keep it tidy.

“However, these hanging pipes give a terrible first impression to our visitors.

“They are not only dangerous, but also accelerating the speed of local cliff erosion.”

The drive to improve the area comes after the beach was touted for the title of a designated bathing beach.

The appeal has been made by cllr Nick Harvey, who has written to Scarborough Council chief executive Jim Dillon to formally request a consultation period into adopting Hunmanby Gap beach.

He said: “I questioned why Staithes, near Whitby, is a bathing beach but Hunmanby Gap and Primrose Valley never have been.

“It is very strange that they have not be considered, especially with the number of bathers that use these two beaches.

“I have helped with rubbish clean ups on the beach and believe by being designated a bathing beach it will help encourage Scarborough Council to put in litter bins, dog waste bags and promote tidy local beaches.

“It will also add extra to the case for investment in Hunmanby Gap toilets.”

The Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said any decision on selecting beaches as designated bathing waters came down to user numbers.

It added: “The main criteria is bather numbers and we look for evidence of numbers of swimmers, people paddling at the water’s edge and people on the beach.”