The demolition of the old life boat house is now complete and preperations for the foundations for the new House are being layed. Presently they are thumping in the pilings, quite noisey, working on about six per day this could take some time. The pilings will form a secure steel frame mould around the site so they can then dig out or excavate ready for the concrete to be poured in .... with the formwork, they don't seem to be very deep (guesses about 30ft).
Anyhow once the lifeboat house had vanished from the seafront skyline many people along the Foreshore said it was a vast improvement and opened up the vista onto West Pier. They have started the pilings at the far right corner of the 'site' and moi is slightly concerned; this is not merely a replacement of the old lifeboat house into a modern building purely to accommodate the new Lifeboat but a full on huge development, which I hear plans have been changed to accommodate not only the new Shannon Class with equipment but a bar, a restaurant, gift shop etc etc.
This fits in with the 'Why can't they build it somewhere else?' Since the old House was demolished the landscape/view has, many agree, improved. Why didn't they build the new life boat house somewhere else, say in the Harbour or at the North Bay?
Answer, it is all about the money. The public perception and the new House being sited in prime position to empty the passing publics purse. Enterprising. Naiive. Not likely. Looking back at the plans proposed in March 2014 as reported by the SN: http://rnli.org/NewsCentre/Pages/Scarborough-RNLI-submits-plans-for-its-... "The new plans are designed to offer the necessary extra space required to store the Shannon class lifeboat and Supacat launching vehicle. This will also mean the lifeboat and launch tractor can remain coupled together, which will speed up the launching process." (lifeboat launching used to take an average of 15 mins)
Take a closer look: http://rnli.org/NewsCentre/Pages/Scarborough-RNLI-submits-plans-for-its-... - it is rather huge!!
Meanwhile the plans that have allegedly been changed to accommodate all the money making schemes, cafe, bar, gift shop seem to be elusive.
Will they need the launch tractor? The new House will have ramps protuding almost as far as the tide line. So I guess if you wanna be rescued quick then best not to get in bother at low tide. Most don't.
The current lifeboat and dinghy is now housed in the harbour, along with the supporting portacabins precariously placed on East Pier. (no permissions sought for those either) . Anyhow it seems that the RNLI can do what they like, given the highly emotive nature of their business.
"Andrew Ashton, RNLI Divisional Operations Manager, said: ‘The new lifeboat station plans were conceived not only to provide the extra space needed to accommodate the new Shannon lifeboat, but also to upgrade the volunteer crew’s facilities to a standard befitting the next generation of lifesavers.
‘The crew will have a superior space for interactive training, and they’ll also benefit from a state-of-the-art drying room for their kit, which will improve their comfort. The building will also utilise the latest eco-friendly technology, including a ground source heat recovery system.
‘Members of the public have always been encouraged to visit the station, but now they will have the advantage of a more interactive experience in the ‘encounter space’, where temporary exhibitions can take place. Visitors will also be able to see the new Shannon at her best from an enhanced viewing gallery. The station shop will be upgraded and developed too, which will make for an improved retail experience.’
John Senior, Scarborough RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: ‘We’re very excited about the plans for the new station, although naturally we’ll be sad to say goodbye to the current boathouse when the time comes. The building has a long and distinguished history, and it has certainly served us well in providing a base for saving lives at sea.’
As mentioned before the RNLI's charity status, which has allowed it to amass a small fortune (£650mil) to be spent up and down the country on new life boat houses and lifeboats built from their own life-boat factory based in Dorest/Poole surely needs to be questioned. But nobody will. What about the other more charity/volunteer based lifeboats (non RNLI) that provide the same service but with little funding.
Talking of wills, we come onto legacys: 'Scarborough RNLI’s new lifeboat station will be funded from various RNLI sources including several generous legacies, donations and money from a variety of past fundraising activities.'
Given that the former Life Boat House erm 'champion' or Captain or whatever (insert your own *****) that left the RNLI rather quietly, now sits on the Board of Trustees for the much loved (and needed) St Catherines Hospice its about time that the local RNLI showed its accounts for the last five years, including legacies, loans and fundraising activites.
That said, what really gnarls is this new Life Boat House, a new centre piece for Scarborough's South Bay - if they wanted a primary tourist atraction why didn't they build it on the Futurist site ... this new House is gonna dwarf the Lighthouse, and indeed block the Lighthouse and harbour entrance from view of many along Foreshore Road. (Remember how the new apartments on the Sands blocked the Sun from the prime area of North Bay beach ... and the local gooses kept slamming into the wall, kamikazi style) This new Life Boat House building will not only put into shade most of West Pier - shadows eh? Oh well, never mind perhaps it will provide a sanctuary for the local gulls which some seem determine to cull .... despite the 'street eaters' being the bigger pests !!!
I detract, the point is the new Life Boat House is erm, all cunsuming and takes up far too much off the beach, what about the Lighthouse and Harbour? Is the new Lifeboat House to become a 'tourist atttaction' in a prime site, (that site being public space) and will be used to pull the strings from purse to purse. What exactly is its purpose and place? Who is in charge of or responsible for this development?
'John Senior, Scarborough RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: ‘We’re very excited about the plans for the new station, although naturally we’ll be sad to say goodbye to the current boathouse when the time comes. The building has a long and distinguished history, and it has certainly served us well in providing a base for saving lives at sea.’
Its a bit like the demise of the Sea King innit? "Search and Rescue" ... Why not call it what it is "Search and Recovery"
This fond notion that folk can be rescued and saved at sea quicker needs to be quashed.
They build Lighthouse's because ... its dangerous. So why dwarf danger with false hopes?
tut tut -Kurgan or Kraken ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvnq_W0i3Bs
Oooh - yep they've speeded up - about ten in so far this am with a little help from the 'gnomes'?
More of the beach is closed off tho it has been quite amusing to see the buggies, babies, prams etc along with grannies alseep on deckchairs nestled under the swing of the digger arm for the last two weeks ... do ya think they are giving them headmuffs and talkies out ... 'tis erm rather loud, or what about some signal flags .... sigh. Bless the wee gnome, tis rather cold and damp ;-)
Hmmm .... now about those unrecovered WWII anti-personal mines ... under Coney Island was a WWII Ops room .... and it was only five years ago a defunct land mine was found ....