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Scarborough Chalets Demolition Brought Forward

Scarborough Chalets Demolition Brought Forward

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 12:18pm 29th November 2018. (Updated at 1:42pm 29th November 2018)

The decision to demolish the chalets at Scarborough's South Bay is being brought forward.

The chalets were damaged in April after a retaining wall behind the Clock Cafe collapsed. This week, we told you that the chalets had slipped even further.

Scarborough Borough Council's Chief Executive, Jim Dillon, made the decision today (Thursday 29 November.)

According to the report, a consultant who visited the site this week advised that:

"Whilst not at immediate risk, there is a steep section of ground above the path and with further wet weather this path could potentially be at risk of collapse/slip failure."

The chalets are listed buildings, and whilst intact, would require listed building consent to be demolished.

That permission was not expected to be received until May 2019. In the report, Jim Dillon adds:

"Consultation has been carried out with the Conservation Officer who has advised
“…given the potential risk to the surrounding pavements and further failure of the
slope we (the LPA) can accept the demolition of the chalet before Listed Building
consent is obtained.

However, to avoid the demolition becoming a problem for the council I think it would be sensible to have someone take photographs of each elevation in addition to the failed wall.

These should then be sent to myself to a) record what the damage was before their demolition and b) so I can inform Historic England of the situation.”

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