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Next Step for Scarborough Town Centre Strategy

Next Step for Scarborough Town Centre Strategy

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 1:39pm 12th March 2019.

Scarborough has a “golden opportunity” to transform itself into the country’s best performing coastal town centre by 2025 if it can secure government funding, according to borough councillor David Jeffels.

Scarborough Borough Council wants to bring the high street into the 21st Century with ideas including creating a “smart” town with wifi and 4G coverage, making use of empty units for pop-up shops, becoming a true university town and staging year-round cultural events to bring people back into Scarborough.

In order to fund the ambitious plans the authority is to bid for a share of £675million recently announced by the Government as part of its Future High Streets Fund.

Other plans include improving the nighttime economy, increasing residential living in the town centre by 25% and establishing a small business start-up
and expansion grants scheme.

Improving the environment in the town centre is also a top priority for the scheme.

Scarborough Council’s cabinet today approved the plans to start the bidding process for funding.

Cllr David Jeffels (Con) chaired the task group which compiled the report and told the cabinet it was an exciting time.

He said:

“There has been a great deal of work put into this strategy.

I see this as a golden opportunity for Scarborough to plan its future for the next 30/40 years."

The council is also proposing to create a “Town Centre Team” which will lead on delivering the action plan supported by a new town centre delivery manager who would coordinate action.

More than 150 attended two consultation events when the action plan was being created.

The final strategy and action plan will be submitted to the Full Council in May 2019.

From there, the town centre masterplan is expected to take a year to create




There are 3 comments on this page.

zara, on 12th March 2019 1:57pm
Question - is this 'town centre team' paid positions? First of all it was a new town centre manager that my hard earned money is going to support and now it sounds like a bit of empire building! Hope i have got the wrong end of the stick but knowing our council probably not..
Peter croft, on 13th March 2019 7:00am
And where is the plans for whitby and Filey
I hope councillors in both towns will not vote for this to be passed without securing suitable plans for their constituents
Remember there are elections coming so you will be held to account
If you continually invest in one town and ignore everywhere else
JohnfromScarborough, on 14th March 2019 9:21pm
I am way ahead of them - I have been using 4G in the town centre. for the last three or four years. Very disappointing that decent Christmas decorations are not listed as a priority. Wonder why this is?

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