The North Yorkshire Council is beginning a pre-planning consultation for a new Whitby Maritime Hub. This hub will offer training and certification opportunities for the maritime, marine, and offshore industries to Whitby residents and the surrounding area. The project will be funded by the £17.1 million given to Whitby as part of the Government’s Town Deal scheme.
The hub, located at Endeavour Wharf, aims to address the need for better technical skills in the maritime sector and position Whitby as a leader in the renewable energy sector. Additionally, the hub will provide accommodation for maritime businesses and service providers to support economic growth in the area.
The council believes that the hub will become a renowned center for maritime training and enterprise, strengthening the local seafaring sector and creating new economic and tourism growth for Whitby and the wider area. The facility has been designed to blend in with the existing town views, and it will feature workshops, classroom-based training, engineering workshops, and office space for marine-based start-up businesses.
The consultation for the Whitby Maritime Hub is now open and will run for four weeks until February 9, with in-person events being held for the public to ask questions and find out more information. Cllr Neil Swannick, the member for the Whitby Streonshalh division on North Yorkshire Council, urges people to give feedback as the project moves to the planning application stage. Additional information is available at www.northyorks.gov.uk/WhitbyMaritimeHub.