Charity free to develop lodge as decision is upheld

File pic - Londesborough Lodge, in The Crescent. 093357s      'pic Andrew Higgins 14/08/09     'in News
File pic - Londesborough Lodge, in The Crescent. 093357s 'pic Andrew Higgins 14/08/09 'in News

A group of councillors attempts to derail the handover of an historic Scarborough lodge to a spiritual charity has failed.

Scarborough Council’s cabinet agreed to hand over the keys to Londesborough Lodge to the Ropka Trust last month, following years of campaigning from the charity.

However, councillors Peter Popple, Janet Jefferson, Norman and Roxanne Murphy and Amanda Robinson all penned a motion to scrutinise the decision.

But at the Resources Scrutiny Committee meeting at Scarborough Town Hall on Wednesday afternoon, members agreed to uphold the original decision.

It means that the trust is now free to press on with their proposals to develop the run-down lodge.

They hope to turn the building into an ‘holistic oasis’, which would also double as a major tourist attraction for the town.

A spokesperson for Scarborough Council said that there are currently no firm timescale in place for the work to be completed.

However, the charity has previously told The Scarborough News that they hope to have the building open in some guise within the next 12 months.