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Consultation on Town Hall Accommodation Review begins
24 April 2012
Scarborough Borough Council will launch an official public
consultation on Tuesday 24 April about its Town Hall Accommodation
Review. The consultation is the next step in the review process and
follows the decision taken by Full Council last month to accept £3
million of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to
purchase a new “fit-for purpose” site for the Town Hall elsewhere
in Scarborough, in exchange for an equity share in the
redevelopment of the Futurist and current Town Hall sites.
The council is now able to formally announce that the new site
being considered as part of the review is the former Skipton
Building Society headquarters opposite Morrisons supermarket in
The consultation will run from Tuesday 24 April until Wednesday
30 May and is open to all residents, businesses and community
groups across the borough as well as statutory stakeholders such as
trade unions. The consultation documentation, which includes a
series of frequently asked questions and a questionnaire for people
to complete, aims to give all the important information about the
reasons behind the review to enable people to provide informed
answers and comments.
The documentation, including an online version of the
questionnaire will be available from
Printed copies will be available from: Customer First in
Scarborough (St Nicholas Street), Whitby (Skinner Street) and Filey
(Evron Centre, John Street) as well as Scarborough Library and
Information Centre on Vernon Road.
Anyone wanting more information or the opportunity to ask
council officers questions about the consultation is welcome to
come along to any of the following public meetings:
- Wednesday 2 May 2012, 7pm – Scarborough Town Team, Royal Hotel
- Wednesday 9 May, 7pm - Filey Town Council, Queen Street,
- Tuesday 22 May 2012, 7pm - Northern Area Committee, Sneaton
- Wednesday 23 May 2012, 7pm – Scarborough Urban Area Forum,
Royal Hotel (Ballroom), Scarborough
- Tuesday 29 May 2012, 7pm - Scarborough Rural Area Committee,
Ravenscar Village Hall, Ravenscar
Jim Dillon, Scarborough Borough Council’s Chief Executive
“The consultation documentation has been developed in full
agreement with our councillor steering group and we have been very
keen to set out the reasons for the accommodation review in a way
that presents people with both sides of the debate.
“I encourage anyone who has an interest in how their council
should operate in the future or in the future of Scarborough town
centre, to take part in the consultation and ensure their voice is
heard. All the responses we receive will be put forward to our
councillors to enable them to make an informed decision about how
The outcome of the Town Hall Accommodation Review consultation
will be brought before the council’s Cabinet on 17 July, followed
by a subsequent report to Full Council for final decision making on
Meanwhile, consultation on the draft planning development brief,
which sets out the nature and type of development that could be
considered acceptable in planning terms on the Town Hall, King
Street and Futurist sites, has been extended to Wednesday 30 May to
give residents more time to comment.
The process is running almost parallel to the consultation over
the possible relocation of the Town Hall, though the council is
keen to stress that the two processes are separate.
Full copies of the draft development brief are available to view
on the council’s website in the consultations section and in
printed format at Customer First centres across the borough.
Comments can be submitted via a short questionnaire on the website.
Any other comments and letters are welcomed and can be sent to
Planning Services, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough YO11
The draft development brief is also being presented to the next
meeting of Scarborough Town Team on Wednesday 2 May at 7pm in the
Ballroom at the Royal Hotel on St Nicholas Street and is on the
agenda at a meeting of Scarborough Urban Area Forum on Wednesday 23
May at 7pm, again at the Royal Hotel.