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Scarborough's South Cliff Gardens Bids for Facelift

Scarborough's South Cliff Gardens Bids for Facelift

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 8:32am 6th June 2016.

Work has started on an ambitious bid to restore and improve Scarborough’s famous South Cliff Gardens. The gardens, which are listed in the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England, are held dear to the hearts of Scarborough’s residents and generations of visitors, but are in a fragile condition and in desperate need of improvement.

The bid is being made to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Parks for People programme, with a stage 1 application to be submitted by the end of August 2016. If this is successful more detailed plans and a stage 2 bid will be developed and submitted in 2018 and work could potentially start in 2019.

Draft proposals are currently being drawn up by a partnership of Scarborough Borough Council, Groundwork and the Friends of South Cliff Gardens, with support from specialist consultants Oobe Ltd. Plans will be exhibited for the public to comment on in early July.

In the meantime, people are being asked to support the bid by telling the partnership their memories of the gardens by submitting old photos and postcards and general pictures, stories or comments. One of the key requirements of making a successful bid is showing what the gardens mean to people and how much they value them.


Adrian Perry, Chairman of the Friends of South Cliff Gardens said:

“In 2006 I was one of the founder members of the Friends of South Cliff Gardens and everyone can be proud of what has been achieved during the 10 years of the group’s existence. Working with the council and giving support to our wonderful team of gardeners, we have been able to make a difference and demonstrate how valued the gardens are by residents and visitors.

“The restoration work in St Martin’s Square, Shuttleworth Gardens, Prince of Wales Garden and the Rose Garden, along with many other smaller interventions, has made the gardens a delight to visit. However the gardens’ infrastructure needs a major overhaul so it is essential that we are successful with our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. People who love the gardens must get behind the Parks for People bid and ensure the future of this unique part of our heritage.”

Groundwork North Yorkshire’s Tom Mutton, Project Manager for the bid said:

“I am very excited about this project and the transformation of the gardens it could lead to. I managed the borough’s last Parks for People project at Pannett Park in Whitby around eight years’ ago and saw the huge benefits such an investment can have. I know that we have a great deal of hard work ahead to prepare a successful bid, but with the support of the people of Scarborough and further afield I know we can do it.”

Cllr. Mike Cockerill, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Harbours, Assets, Coast and Flood Protection said:

“This is a golden opportunity for South Cliff Gardens and potentially the biggest thing to happen there in over a century. The fact that the project would follow on and add great value to the vital Spa cliff stabilisation works only helps to make this the perfect time for such a landmark project.”




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