Statement re former Futurist site project review

Monday, 3 February 2020

Cllr Steve Siddons, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, has released the following statement in relation to the former Futurist/St Nicholas Street site project review:

"A key public concern in the Scarborough area elections last May was the 2014 decision and plans for the former Futurist to St Nicholas Street site. As Leader, I was tasked by the electorate with checking the process used had been sound and that the economic implications for the borough were thoroughly researched and understood.

"I asked for an independent review of the decision before the council committed itself to handing over a 250 year lease for the site. That review has now been completed and a number of recommendations have been made; these must be implemented before any next steps are agreed.

"As part of that process, I am gathering a cross party Task and Finish Group, working to the Cabinet, to make clear proposals for the site that are of advantage to the borough. That group will be tasked with considering the strategic economic vision for the whole site from Foreshore Road to St Nicholas Street. This work will be completed within two months.

"The decisions we make for that site will affect generations to come. We have to be extremely mindful of the impact of its development and that any development there should withstand the test of time.

"The review was of Scarborough Borough Council not Flamingoland. When the work of the group is completed, we will reopen talks with Flamingoland to discuss the delivery of a new vision, which is designed to deliver major economic benefits for our borough’s future prosperity. We are thankful to Flamingoland for their patience during this process."