Council eyeing up ex-Skipton HQ

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SCARBOROUGH Council has confirmed long-standing rumours that it is considering a move to the former Skipton Building Society headquarters in Eastfield.

Scarborough Building Society moved into the £10 million, 51,000 sq ft building in Scarborough Business Park in 2002 but it has been vacant since 2010 following a takeover by its Skipton counterparts.

The council last month agreed to accept £3 million in funding from the Homes and Communities Agency to purchase a new site elsewhere in Scarborough, in exchange for an equity share in the redevelopment of the Futurist and current Town Hall sites, and has launched an official public consultation on the deal today.

Chief executive Jim Dillon said: “The consultation documentation has been developed in full agreement with our councillor steering group and we have been very keen to set out the reasons for the accommodation review in a way that presents people with both sides of the debate.

“I encourage anyone who has an interest in how their council should operate in the future or in the future of Scarborough town centre, to take part in the consultation and ensure their voice is heard. All the responses we receive will be put forward to our councillors to enable them to make an informed decision about how to proceed.”

The consultation will run until Wednesday May 30 and is open to all residents, businesses and community groups across the borough as well as statutory stakeholders such as trade unions.

The documentation, including an online version of the questionnaire, will be available from www.scarborough.gov.uk/townhallreview

Printed copies will be available from Customer First branches in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey, as well as Scarborough Library and Information Centre on Vernon Road.

Anyone wanting more information or the opportunity to ask council officers questions about the consultation can attend public meetings, all at 7pm, at Wednesday May 2 – Scarborough Town Team, Royal Hotel; Wednesday May 9 - Filey Town Council, Queen Street, Filey; Tuesday May 22 - Northern Area Committee, Sneaton Castle, Whitby; Wednesday May 23 – Scarborough Urban Area Forum, Royal Hotel; Tuesday May 29 - Scarborough Rural Area Committee, Ravenscar Village Hall, Ravenscar.

The outcome of the consultation will be brought before the council’s Cabinet on July 17, followed by a report to Full Council for final decision making on July 20