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Iconic Scarborough Shop Gets New Future

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 1:26pm 10th June 2019.

One of Scarborough’s most iconic stores is to be turned into a benefits assessment centre.

Retro 36 stood out for a long time in St Nicholas Street for its bright red exterior and range of unique stock, including Harry Potter memorabilia and retro toys and games.

Since the family-run business closed last year the shop has remained empty. An application was made in October to turn it into a cafe to try and attract a tenant but then an altogether different plan was put forward.

Ascenti, which is contracted by the Department for Work and Pensions to carry out Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claims, applied to use the building as an assessment centre.

A planning application submitted to Scarborough Council stated:

“The activities that will go on at the centre will include one to one interviews and assessments in interview rooms to establish whether claimants are entitled
to the PIP, a review of medical and occupational history and functional restrictions and Ascenti also undertakes physiotherapy so this could take place at the site as well should the initial need for PIP assessments to take place diminishes.”

The PIP scheme is designed to help people long term ill-health or disability issues meet the costs of living with their condition.

The application added that the layout of the unit will be reconfigured with a reception area, four interview rooms and a disabled toilet.

The plans have now been granted planning permission for a change of use after no objections were received during the consultation process.


There are 5 comments on this page.

JohnfromScarborough, on 10th June 2019 5:57pm
Yes. A benefits assessment centre is just what is needed at this prime location to give the town centre a boost..
Malcolm Fletcher, on 11th June 2019 6:56am
And this will benefit 90% of Scarborough residents in what way?
The town needs more and varied shops in a prime location like this.
Yorkshire80, on 11th June 2019 1:07pm
I agree, the council need to get rid of all the seaguls which constantly mess all over the pavements and shops along St Nicholas St
Yorkshire80, on 11th June 2019 1:05pm
Let me guess, the council got a huge grant due to the nature of the business
Helen Carson, on 12th June 2019 12:41pm
Surely people who are going for a PIP assessment are sometimes disabled and need to park close to the places where they are to be assessed

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