The Futurist - 'Demolition'

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Notices have been served for plans to demolish the Futurist:

Reference: 17/01714/RG3

The application has been put forward by Scarbrough Borough Council although Councillors have been told they are not allowed to attend a meeting this week which is to be held to discuss and inform tenants and owners of neighbouring properties.  The Officers have told Councillors they will be turned away and refused admittance.

Further reports can be found via local media ;-/

"9:52am 14th August 2017

The next step is coming in the process of demolishing Scarborough's Futurist Theatre. 

A planning application is to be considered for the stabilisation of of the cliffs behind the venue. It's as the borough council presses forward with plans by Flamingo Land to build a new attraction in its place. 

The application will be considered in October, with the council stressing that it does NOT mean there will be any further debate about whether or not the venue will be demolished, because that's already been decided. 

Councillor Mike Cockerill is the member for Project Leadership at the borough council, he said:

"Planning application has been submitted for the method statement for the demolition of the Futurist and the cliff stabilisation. 

That's scheduled to go to a planning committee in October. This doesn't re-open the debate as to whether the Futurist is to be demolished or not.

That decision has been taken. 

This isn't scary, it's a controlled process. yes, some of the nearby residents are concerned about their properties, and they have every right to be say"


"It should be noted that this planning application is for the demolition, slope stabilisation and
reinstatement only. It does not relate to any future redevelopment proposals for the site."

A good measure ;-)

Ah, So  ...

hmmm ...




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The Orinoco Flo

"Now, the Trust is calling for the council to change its mind, something that it feels is possible while the structure still stands. 

The Theatres Trust was set up in 1976 as an act of parliament 'to promote the better protection of theatres.'

The Futurist is on its 'theatres at risk' list and the trust opposes the demolition because 'the development will result in a complete loss of cultural facility without the provision of a replacement facility or plans for an appropriate alternative cultural use.'

The letter also states that by demolishing the Futurist, the borough council is actually going against its own Local Plan, which was adopted in July 2017, which provides policies to 'safeguard and promote cultural facilities to ensure there is a strong cultural tourism sector in Scarborough.'

Plenty of wishful thinking ;-)

Darned Sats ..

Yawn ...