eyesores are blighting Scarborough’s South Bay and action is urgently needed, it has been claimed.
Richard Grunwell, of High Street, Scalby, said two sites in particular – the former Windmill site and the bathing station next to the Spa – had deteriorated over many years and something should be done. They give visitors the wrong impression of the resort, he says.
He said: “I could never understand why no-one was considering doing anything at the Windmill site. It just detracts from the seafront.”
Mr Grunwell said that the old bathing station next to the Spa had been neglected while the area around it had been improved. “It’s a really derelict area. We’ve had all this work done at the Spa and stuck in the middle of it is this derelict monstrosity.
“It gives a bad impression – it’s almost as if they’ve gone either side of it and forgotten all about it. There’s no logical reason I can see why it should be left like that. It needs to be included in whatever is done.
“Just to leave it as it is doesn’t make sense when they are trying to promote Scarborough’s beaches and tourism.”
Adrian Perry, the chairman of Scarborough and District Civic Society, said the group had been campaigning to get both sites improved.
He added: “Last year a planning proposal came forward for the Windmill which, on the surface, made it look as if they were going to tidy it up but it just became a parking space. They didn’t follow up the planning application and we were disappointed that it was a failure.”
He said the site of the bathing station, next to what was Children’s Corner, was another matter but he hoped the two Spa sites could be jointly developed. “It is an absolute disgrace,” he said.
“They were trying to market Children’s Corner with the chalets – they linked the two together. We’ve had a number of people come forward to say they want to do something with Children’s Corner.”
Mr Perry agreed that the bathing station was an eyesore and did present the wrong impression. He said: “It’s absolute poison. When people walk along the front they come back to us and say that it is a state and somebody ought to do something about it.”
Cllr David Jeffels, Scarborough Council’s tourism portfolio holder, said that the Windmill site was a development opportunity right in the heart of the seafront. He said: “But it is not without constraints because of the cliff behind it. Nevertheless it’d be good to see this site brought into economic use, to the benefit of the council and taxpayers, and at the same time enhance something of an eyesore.”
He added that it could be achieved in the short term by using a temporary building to provide a facility such as a tea shop. “That would be to everyone’s advantage.”
Cllr Jeffels said that the council was constantly looking at what could be done with the old bathing station and toilets by the Spa and it was in a “much loved area”.
He said: “It’d be good to think that it could be used to generate some much-needed income for the council.”
Cllr Janet Jefferson, the president of Scarborough Chamber of Trade and a member of the South Bay Traders, said that the bathing station had been up for redevelopment for a number of years and the Windmill site was a prime site for Scarborough – but a number of potential schemes had not come to fruition.
She added that the economic climate would need to improve before potential developers would be prepared to invest.