Scarborough Borough Council have so far refused to entertain any plans for a Community Asset Transfer for the former Indoor Pool building on the basis that the site is part of a future development. To date, they have refused to say who or what those development plans, if any and with who, are.
The legal wrangle brewing between Scarborough Borough Council & Benchmark over the wider area of the Sands Development is expected to be long drawn out and may take years.
It would seem that patience and prudence are at play as Scarborough’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 20th April focus is on the Visitor Economy, Back, Better, Brighter etc
“The Council has been working with key stakeholders to develop what Scarborough Fayre could be. This exciting programme could be a focal point, which galvanises the town’s use of high quality culture, with the potential to become a feature of life here for years to come. The mention of ‘culture’ in the Scarborough Fayre context takes its broadest definition, and encompasses food, art, sport, music, heritage together with all the aspects which makes up the way of life in the town…
“The formation of Scarborough Fayre will also potentially act as a meeting point and network for cultural activity organisers, pooling expertise and resources and enabling support. It is hoped that Scarborough Fayre will become synonymous with quality and accessibility,an umbrella encompassing broader promotion, increased and more diverse audiences and access to expertise to help grow, improve and sustain cultural projects. It is also envisaged that local businesses and events organisers will potentially benefit by being able to use this high profile brand to promote their products and events..
“It is envisaged that Scarborough Fayre will manage a cultural ‘centre’ or hub, a place for events.”
“No consultation with the public will take place at this point, but cultural sector partners are heavily involved in the project.”
Meanwhile, The Capital Strategy has been updated;
“£450k for improvements to the North Bay including demolition of the former Indoor Pool and hoardings around Atlantis”
Of interest, to those who wish to lobby;
“A new public/private sector group has been established to work alongside the Council team to steer the project and assist in shaping the vision for Scarborough Fayre.
The following public/private sector representatives have agreed to give their valuable support and time to this project Nick Thomas MBE –Chairman of Qdos Entertainment LTD& HQ Venues, Paul Robinson –Creative Director at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Richard Boyes–CEO Boyes retail stores, Graeme Young –CEO at Scarborough Rugby Club and Scarborough Seafront, Business person David Warner –Trustee of Coast and Vale Community Action Group, Board Trustees Stephen Joseph Theatre and Chairman of LocalTrust, Gareth Edmunds –External Affairs Director, Anglo American Scarborough, Andrew Hoff –Sales Director at McCains, Dawn Threadgold –Creative Director, Animated ObjectsHeather French –Director of Books by the Beach, Mel Bonney –CEO of Coast and Vale Community Action”
“A key task as part of the study is to look into options for the ‘hub’ location. No suggestions have been made within the brief, so as not to influence the objectivity of the Consultant, but this could include Scarborough Spa, the newly discussed Festival Square or a new building”