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Council to Vote on Futurist Demolition

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 12:05pm 23rd December 2016. (Updated at 1:57pm 23rd December 2016)

Scarborough Borough Councillors are to get a vote on the proposal to demolish the Futurist Theatre where they will be requested to approve the allocation of £4 million for the demolition of the building.

It comes as a report has been released by the Council which states this decision will be made at a full Council meeting on Monday January 9.

The report suggests that if passed, demolition of the theatre could begin as soon as next summer

It states:

"Following Cabinet’s decision to the ‘in-principle’ demolition of the Futurist Theatre
and adjoining buildings and Council’s subsequent allocation of £4m for the
redevelopment of the Site, this report seeks confirmation of the funding from
Council to proceed with the next stage of redevelopment being the demolition of
the Futurist Theatre to provide a cleared site for redevelopment."

The planned dates for the development look like this:

  • Council decision on demolition 9 January 2017
  • Cabinet approval of contractor appointments 17 January 2017
  • Preparation for Demolition Spring 2017
  • Planning approval Summer 2017
  • Demolition Summer 2017 – Summer 2018

Here's a timeline to date of the process:

  • In 2013 Cabinet accepted that the continued operation of the Futurist Theatre was unsustainable and the preferred option was to redevelop the Town Hall and wider site to support the ongoing economic regeneration of Scarborough. Officers were instructed to offer the site for tender.
  •  In December 2013 terms to continue providing entertainment at the Futurist Theatre as an interim measure with the operator at that time could not be agreed. The operator deemed the financial risk too great to continue operating with a Council subsidy even if this increased to £180k per annum and would only consider operating the Theatre should the Council take full financial risk and the operator be paid a management fee. The Leader of the Council at that time rejected this proposal as unviable and authorised the temporary closure of the Theatre for a three month period to enable alternate potential operators to come forward with a valid offer. No suitable offers came forward and subsequently the Theatre was closed.
  • In September 2014 Flamingo Land were appointed as the preferred bidder for the site.
  • In September 2015 Cabinet requested Officers to seek funding options for the Futurist site clearance.
  • In February 2016 Council approved a budget of £4m.

And here's a break-down of the overall costs:

  • Pre-construction services £0.416
  • Demolition £3.046
  • Sub Total £3.462
  • Contingency £0.501
  • Internal Professional Fees £0.025
  • Total £3.988

You can read the full report here.

IN-DEPTH - What's involved in demolishing the Futurist?

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