Car park is cut back for new centre

Parking suspensions are now in place at William Strret coach park where a new youth centre, below, is to be built.
Parking suspensions are now in place at William Strret coach park where a new youth centre, below, is to be built.

THE FIRST signs of Scarborough’s £6.5 million youth centre project are in place as sections of William Street car park are cordoned off.

The bollards have been put there ahead of work to build The Street.

Artists impression of The Street, which will be built in William Street Coach Park

Artists impression of The Street, which will be built in William Street Coach Park

Designs and planning permissions have been completed for the 3,000square metre centre, which is due to be finalised and operational by October.

However questions have been raised about the affects the centre will have on William Street car park in terms of parking availability, and the famous Scarborough Fair, which is held on the site every year.

Permit holders have voiced concerns that with less spaces available they will struggle to park, especially in the summer months, while others feared the fair may have to be moved.

In response Scarborough Council has made assurances the development will not alter current arrangements.

A spokesperson for the authority said: “The fair will remain on William Street coach and car park but in the reduced area available as the organisers did not wish for it to be relocated.

“The Street development is not affecting our permit holders as there is still plenty of room to park in the car park.”

The four storey youth centre is being developed by Scarborough-based enterprise charity Seachange, in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council.

The building is set to feature a dance studio, sports hall, climbing wall, café, managed workspace, meeting rooms and offices, recording studio, multi-media suite, art studio, shop units, garden, allotment and roof terrace.