Time runs out for ‘Cricketers’

Demolition of The Cricketers pub on North Marine Road, is all but complete. Picture by Andrew Higgins  115054a   15/12/11
Demolition of The Cricketers pub on North Marine Road, is all but complete. Picture by Andrew Higgins 115054a 15/12/11
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A FORMER Scarborough pub is set for a new innings after being razed to the ground.

The Cricketers, in North Marine Road, has been demolished to make way for a new block of retirement flats.

The demolition of the former Cricketers pub in North Marine Road is almost complete. Photo by Dave Barry 114994b

The demolition of the former Cricketers pub in North Marine Road is almost complete. Photo by Dave Barry 114994b

The new five-storey building will include 36 private flats and include a re-creation of an original terrace design which was damaged during the war.

The Cricketers - which stood directly opposite Scarborough Cricket Club - closed in 2008.

Scarborough Council planning bosses approved the proposals, from McCarthy & Stone, earlier this year, despite receiving objections from residents and engineering experts over potential traffic issues and drainage concerns in the area respectively.

There were also claims the new building would bring about a loss of cherished sea views, and be an “imposing” sight in North Marine Road.

However, Cllr Godfrey Allanson said at the time: “It is like living in a village and saying there are a lot of farms and get a smell from them.”

Cllr David Billing added: “Modern, high-class accommodation for older people is going to be in demand.”

Scarborough and District Civic Society also backed the plans, saying the flats would be “tolerable” on the site.

The pub was built in the 1960s and was originally part of a continuous terrace housing the Queens Hotel.