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Theatres Trust Issues Objection Letter To Scarborough Borough Council

Futurist Sign

6:00am 1st September 2017
(Updated 1:33pm 1st September 2017)

The Theatres Trust has written a letter to Scarborough Borough Council in objection to the demolition of the Futurist.

The council made the decision to demolish it earlier this year after a vote bu full council, despite many protests by concerned members of the public alongside the Save the Futurist Group. 

Now, the Trust is calling for the council to change its mind, something that it feels is possible while the structure still stands. 

The Theatres Trust was set up in 1976 as an act of parliament 'to promote the better protection of theatres.'

The Futurist is on its 'theatres at risk' list and the trust opposes the demolition because 'the development will result in a complete loss of cultural facility without the provision of a replacement facility or plans for an appropriate alternative cultural use.'

The letter also states that by demolishing the Futurist, the borough council is actually going against its own Local Plan, which was adopted in July 2017, which provides policies to 'safeguard and promote cultural facilities to ensure there is a strong cultural tourism sector in Scarborough.'

You can view the letter in full here.

Tom Stickland is the Theatres Advisor at the Trust, he said:

"The council say they will safeguard these buildings and they will take a number of steps to consider whether a theatre could be viable there, and if a theatre is viable there, then they wouldn't get rid of it unless they were to be building an appropriate alternative. 

There's no consideration of that in this planning application. As long as that building is still standing, the council can change their minds. 

I think the key steps are to lobby local politicians and local councillors and show that there is really local demand for this theatre.

I'd also urge people to comment on the planning application and give their own reasons for why they think it would be important to retain this theatre."

You can listen to the full interview with Tom below:

 


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