Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Saltburn's 'White Elephant' is now fully occupied and open for business.
The White House building, opposite the pier, is now fully occupied, the final business unit having been opened in May.
Originally built through a £1 million Rural Challenge Scheme run by the Conservative Government in the mid 1990's, the building, which has been ready for use since 2002, has suffered numerous problems and has recently undergone a major repair and maintainance programme.
The final unit, 'Surf's Up', has been taken on by Vic Vernon, whose family has been working at Saltburn Beach for decades. The unit has been opened as an ice cream parlour and cafe.
'Surf's Up' shares the White House building with 'Charlie Don't Surf', a physical training operation and shop selling power kites, beach toys and camping gear, and 'The Sea View' fish restaurant and takeaway.
In addition, surfers have a toilet block and the Redcar and Cleveland Council runs a community room on the top floor. The key can be booked through the council's call centre on 01642 774774.