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Council Leader Wants Scarborough Spa and Whitby Pavilion to Partly Re-Open

Council Leader Wants Scarborough Spa and Whitby Pavilion to Partly Re-Open

Published by Jon Burke at 9:00am 7th July 2020. (Updated at 9:34am 7th July 2020)

The Leader of Scarborough Borough Council wants Scarborough Spa and Whitby Pavilion to partly re-open, as soon as they can.

Sheffield International Venues (SIV), which runs both sites on behalf of the authority, has put the 54 staff who work at those venues at risk of redundancy.

Steve Siddons says he wants to discuss how parts of those sites can re-open, now lockdown rules have eased.

He said:

"We will be supporting [SIV] in any way we can, to try and help them gain access to other funding that the government has provided. I can't see why we can't have discussions about opening Farrer's Bar [at the Spa] and having some seating outside and making some changes and that's going to form part of that discussion."

It comes as part of Bridlington Spa re-opened as of yesterday (Monday).

Steve's been talking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke..

Chief executive of Sheffield City Trust, Andrew Snelling, said:

“Clearly these are very challenging times for all organisations operating in the leisure and entertainment industry as we await government guidance on how and when we can open our venues.

Working closely with Scarborough Borough Council, Sheffield City Trust runs a variety of arts and entertainment facilities.  It has become apparent that concerts, shows and large attendance events will not be possible in the short and medium term, so this leaves us with decisions to make regarding how we sustain venues such as Scarborough Spa and Whitby Pavilion.

We have written to employees who are affected by the venues they work at being unable to open and explained we have begun a consultation process which may lead to redundancies.

It is not a decision that has been taken lightly but venues that are generating no income will only need a much-reduced workforce to carry out essential maintenance while they are mothballed awaiting a change in circumstances.

The UK Government’s announcement regarding a support package for the arts, entertainment and music industry is welcomed. We await further detailed information regarding funding availability for our venues and will ensure that everything is done to protect jobs.

We are working closely with Scarborough Borough Council during these challenging times to ensure that the Scarborough Spa and Whitby Pavilion are sustainable for the future.”

Scarborough Borough Council's Shadow Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor David Jeffels, said:

"The decision to mothball both Scarborough Spa complex and Whitby Pavilion is a big blow to the holiday industry because both venues are a key part of the tourist facilities we offer.

However, once the rules on distancing come to an end and our theatres, Grand Hall, restaurants and ballrooms, can once again accommodate both residents and tourists, everything possible must be done to promote our resorts.  So many jobs are at stake at The Spa -backstage as well as the artistes themselves.

As a member of the Local Government Association's Culture and Tourism Board, I have asked that meetings are held with key Government ministers to emphasise the importance of our resorts and their facilities being able to operate at full capacity and for funding being made available and expertise used to enable them to do so in safety."


There are 3 comments on this page.

JohnfromScarborough, on 7th July 2020 1:16pm
Unfortunately given this news and the fact that the government has not indicated when live performances will be permitted again it looks to me that we must now work on the basis that there will be no Spa Orchestra concerts this summer.
Tangoe, on 7th July 2020 2:57pm
I cannot understand why they do not open Whitby Pavilion - the cinema could run with social distancing. A takeaway outlet would also do well with walkers and beach goers. There is more than enough room to socially distance with the cafe based in the Northern Lights room.
It's about time this was run by a Company capable of managing this building to it's full potential.
Madras, on 7th July 2020 6:24pm
This comes as no surprise . Very few,if any, cafes/pubs/restaurants can economically trade within the current restrictions.It is often the final 5%to10% of ‘normal’ takings that represent the profit and therefore relatively small reductions in takings can soon make the business financially unviable

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