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Working Group Report on Scarborough Futurist Site Delayed

Working Group Report on Scarborough Futurist Site Delayed

Published by Jon Burke at 6:31am 13th May 2020. (Updated at 3:08pm 13th May 2020)

We've been trying to find out what's happening with the site of the former Futurist Theatre in Scarborough.

Back in February, council Leader, Steve Siddons, said he was setting up a task group to look at the significance of the land and the factors which should determine its use.

It was after an independent review into the previous agreement between the Council's former administration and proposed developers Flamingoland.

That found problems in four out of five areas, to do with the council's process itself.

The review looked at how it served the cases for strategy, commercial, economic, financial and management.

A the time, Councillor Siddons said:

"What we found is that the way that this has been dealt with by the previous administration is purely as a land transaction - selling a piece of land for a particular purpose and then getting planning permission for it.

What we've said is that there's more to this site than that."

He said the work of the task group, which was subsequently approved by cabinet, would take a maximum of two months.

Councillor Siddons says the group has met this week and is preparing a report for the Council's cabinet next month.

He's declined our request for an interview on the subject till then.

But a spokesman for Scarborough Borough Council said: 

“The coronavirus pandemic and the clear ‘stay at home’ instruction means it simply hasn’t been possible to arrange a meeting of the cross-party working group before now. 

Agreeing a future for the Futurist site remains a priority for us. 

The working group met remotely on Monday. A report will now be prepared for discussion by cabinet in early June.”




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zara, on 13th May 2020 10:07am
So they met remotely yesterday which means that they could have met remotely earlier. For goodness sake stop using the virus as an excuse, they have been putting it off as usual with this council.

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