Plan critics step back
A £160m regeneration project to transform Bridlington looks set to go ahead.
The town's area action plan, which has been drawn up by East Riding Council, maps out a series of policies aimed at boosting the resort's economy.
They include creating a marina within the historic harbour and a new shopping and housing district in the Burlington Parade area.
With the deadline to raise objections over the planning process next Wednesday, the Harbour Commissioners, who have been among the most vocal critics of the plans, have confirmed they will be making no further representations.
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However, chairman George Traves has hit out at accusations from local accountant David Dowson, who reportedly said the commissioners have single- handedly slowed down the town's regeneration for 15 years.
Mr Dowson, of Lloyd Dowson, has been one of those spearheading plans to redevelop the town.
Mr Traves said: "At a time when those responsible for the regeneration of Bridlington are talking about a closer relationship with the harbour, this man has done nothing but drive the wedge between us even deeper.
"His words have only added fuel to the fire and were an insult to the commissioners and all those who are working hard to maintain Bridlington's harbour as the success it is today."
The commissioners were strongly opposed to proposals for the Harbour Top, which would have seen buildings and facilities currently used by fishermen being cleared to make way for a hotel, apartment and upmarket cafés.
However, that plan was rejected by planning inspector Sian Worden last year.