The Future of the Futurist remains in no doubt. It will be flattened. Unless of course some bright spark comes up with a cunning plan, give or take a few fireworks that could launch it into space... along with the Town Hall ...
Alas, that is just rumour fuelled gossip ... there was and is no cunning plan on the table. Just as there was no business plan, no hard strategy, nor indeed any well co-ordinated effort to work with the Council instead of focussing on trying to discredit them at every opportunity (albeit there were plenty of them). So I guess through lack of conviction, lack of focus and plenty of 'side-issues' to distract from the main objective, to preserve the iconic theatre for, erm, the next generation, the fight for the Futurist appears to be flatlining. The latest Campaign strategy to to Save the Futurist reads as follows: FUTURIST SUPPORTERS YOUR TOWN NEEDS YOU!! The theatre is not on the Agenda for the next Full Council Meeting next Monday 3rd November. The next one after that will be just before Christmas. In the meantime the Officers are going ahead with their current plan. The closing date for Invitations to Tender for demolition was last Friday 24th October. You can help, and join others who are already doing so - large numbers of letters matter! Please write a letter to The Rt.Hon.Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State, Communities & Local Government, House of Commons, Parliament Square, London SW1A 0AA. Here are some bullet points for you as a start. (1)This subject of demolition has not been discussed or voted for by Full Council, only by the Cabinet who voted unanimously for demolition. (2) Over 10,800 signatures have been handed to the Council since November last year and have been ignored. (3) The Council have accepted "in principle" a bid to build a Funfair with a Roller Coaster on a Council owned garden, on our seafront, which is the subject of a Listing Application to English Heritage Parks and Gardens (4) The Council have agreed to allow tax payers to fund the bidder's demand to spend millions on clearing the site and re-stabilising the cliffside. (5)Please add your own particular feelings and points you wish him to know. Time is of the essence. We have already sent Mr. Pickles an Appeal documenting the lamentable attitude and actions of our Council. Loads of letters from Scarborough people underpinning our own documentation will have a lot of effect. Thanks.
So, the Campaign is heading down to Pickles@London.com. I am sure it will move right to the top of his pile, if, of course he has a spare waste bin/cabinet for all those thousands of erstwhile letters about to be written, before boomeranging them back straight to Town Hall. I imagine HS2 will be built by then so need for pigeon post.
Without wanting to circumnavigate the main Campaign and in a bid to gather more information on when the Futurist will be bulldozed, rather than refurbished, renovated, restored ra ra ra, here is the reply from the Council's Section 151 Officer (An officer appointed under section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972 which requires every local authority to appoint a suitably qualified officer responsible for the proper administration of its affairs). ie not the KGB.
1. How much notice is required to the shop/outlets under the Futurist?
So, yes it will be put before Council to make further decisions. Again.
ScarboroughUK's rather excellent 'Brief History of the Futurist' http://www.scarboroughuk.co.uk/2014/10/the-futurist-theatre-brief-histor...