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Scarborough Council Leader Welcomes Government Cash

Scarborough Council Leader Welcomes Government Cash

Published by Matthew Pells at 9:40am 14th September 2019.

Following the announcement today that Scarborough has been successful with their submission for Heritage Action Zone funding for the area around Eastborough and Newborough, Steve Siddons the Leader of Scarborough Borough Council has welcomed the news.

Cllr Siddons says he welcomes the support it will give to towns regeneration plans and says it bolsters his administrations objective of Scarborough being the best performing English Coastal Town Centre by 2025.

Scarborough council Leader Steve Siddons said

“The Eastborough area of Scarborough has a rich and varied history and we need to cherish and celebrate it. We can use this grant to bring the lower Town back to the prominence it has had dating back to the middle ages. Not only is it a key trading, cultural and residential area, it is also the conduit from the harbour up to Scarborough Market and the upper Town.

In July, the first stage of the Town regeneration was agreed which will see the former Argos Building demolished to make way for new accommodation for Coventry University Students and trainee doctors and nurses at Scarborough Hospital. We hope to see a new Town Square next to the market too.

This second stage funding for the lower Town area will let us complete the revival of an upper Town to shore link.

A quality connection, that people will be proud to walk through, all the way from the main transport hub at the Rail Station and Theatre in The Round area, passing through the Town centre and then down through an upgraded historic Eastborough is now possible.

This funding should allow us, in grant partnership with property owners and traders, to re-invigorate the existing buildings and repair and renew the best examples.

There is a rich history in the streets of the lower town and we hope to open the opportunities to celebrate what’s good about Scarborough.

Further successful bids for the Future High Street Fund and the Town Centre funds could see up to £60 millions of investment over the next few years in Scarborough Town Centre.

No longer will we have the label of a “Falling off the Edge” seaside town as in recent studies. We believe in our town and the people who live here. We want our ambitions to be shared by all and these major development opportunities will make the change for the right reasons rather than simply taking what’s given.

And looking ahead it’s not just Scarborough. Whitby has also been successful in being shortlisted for up to £25 million of investment. These projects could be the catalyst that delivers renewed prosperity for all our residents from Filey to Staithes and all points in between. 

Coastal towns have been crying out for government investment for many years. Lets hope this is the start of that 

We should all look forward to an exciting period in the history of our Borough.”

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