The Scrutineers and Mutineers are set to clash at tomorrows Resources and Scrutiny Committee Meeting as the decision of the Futurist is called in:
Bidder B - still yet to be officially identified - made a Bid and this was accepted as preferred tenderer by Cabinet on 16th September:
A ‘landmark pebble building’ with a magical cave-themed indoor environment
• A glass-fronted building with water cascading down the front
• A ‘high octane, adrenaline fuelled’ roller coaster
• A 55 metre ‘iconic’ lighthouse structure and Space Shot Tower which propels guests 55 metres into the sky
• A walk-through aviary
• A new town square for Scarborough (on the site of King Street car park)
• An elevated dining venue giving diners views of the North Sea
• An undercover botanical garden (on a parcel of land within St Nicholas Gardens)
• 10,500 sq ft of potential residential, office or hotel space
The major issues with Cabinet's decision are:
1. The inclusion of King Street Car Park - this was not in the offer- therefore other developers may have come forward
2. The Botanical Gardens - using part of St Nicholas Gardens - this is open public space and again not within the area of offer for tender
3. A linking walkway between King Street and Foreshore Road - thus preventing future development of the top tier affecting any whole or top tier development.
4. The costs of clearing the Futurist site to be met by the Council estimated £ 600k and also the cost of the reinforcement and stablisation of the cliff/slope behind the site which may become unstable when the Futurist is bulldozed. - cost unknown.
The meeting is Tuesday 30th September at Town Hall - 2.00 pm.
The Cabinets decision was called in by both Colin Challen and Janet Jefferson with other Councillors adding their names
The speed of this call in and the Scrutiny Committee hearing is quite remarkable, who knows perhaps the Futurist will be knocked down before the Lifeboat House - another livelink ?
Thanks to Janet Jefferson and Colin Challen for hoisting the flag of hope for the 10,000 plus people that signed a petition to save the Futurist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFX3gQHIroU :-)