Project Sunshine


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Scarborough, Whitby and Filey seafronts are set for a ‘brightening up’ makeover in 2021 from our new investment scheme designed to get them looking fresh, tidy and welcoming.

Project Sunshine aims to spread hope and happiness by refreshing and renewing tired seaside public realm facilities in each of the three towns.

Seafront public toilets and leisure attractions will be improved, and new outdoor showers and water bottle refill points will be installed.

Damaged street furniture will be repaired or replaced and ‘grot spots’ will be spruced up. New litter and recycling bins will be provided as well as better public information and wayfinding signs.

There will be new planting and floral displays to enhance open spaces and help create green corridors. Other areas will be transformed through the creation of new public artwork displays, some with interactive features.

We’re funding Project Sunshine directly. It will complement the government funded improvements projects announced already this year, which together will help to breathe new life into the borough and help the area’s businesses build back better following the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

See below for updates on the Project Sunshine initiatives to be delivered in each town.

Visitors enjoying a sunny day at the beach



  • Refurbishment of Aquarium Top to provide a safe, bright and visually welcoming gateway to South Bay. This work will see new tenants occupying some of the internal space, new artwork on the walls, new lighting and new security measures to combat anti-social behaviour. On completion it will provide a fantastic gateway to the beach.
  • Repair and re-paint the shelter near Aquarium Top with a new roof, new render, seating and internal decoration.
  • Transform the appearance of the old bathing building near Scarborough Spa.
  • Repair the large wall on Foreshore Road below the Grand Hotel.  Work will include replacing blown brickwork, removing rusted metalwork, re-pointing the mortar and replacing the inspection doors.  This work will allow for the re-establishment of the green 'living wall' on this site.
  • Installation of new litter bins, public seating and planters.
  • Repainting of seafront railings and street furniture, and replacement of tired signage.
  • Improvements to St Nicholas Gardens, including bespoke entry signs.
  • Installation of water bottle refill points and new recycling bins.
  • New interpretation boards to explain the importance of protecting our marine environment and what everyone can do to help.


  • Refurbishment of seafront facilities and leisure attractions


  • Work programme to be agreed with Whitby Town Council