Council to study plans to develop the town hall

Scarborough Town Hall, St Thomas Street. 'A Town Team public meeting in the Royal Hotel ballroom, full to standing room only, was held about the future of the Town Hall, which Scarborough Council have proposed to sell off and move out. Picture by Andrew Higgins   121831h  02/05/12
Scarborough Town Hall, St Thomas Street. 'A Town Team public meeting in the Royal Hotel ballroom, full to standing room only, was held about the future of the Town Hall, which Scarborough Council have proposed to sell off and move out. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121831h 02/05/12
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Proposals to bring Scarborough’s crumbling town hall into the 21st century have been advanced by council cabinet members.

Councillors have opted to investigate three different options for the site with the £5.8 million earmarked by the council to complete the backlog of maintenance work on the building.

The options, which were approved at the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, could potentially see new council offices built in King Street Car Park, or Customer First moved, either to York House or to a proposed extension at the rear of the St Nicholas Street wing.

Office space could shrink by up to 71 per cent under the plans.

The option, which were proposed and recommended by consultants E C Harris, were described at the meeting as the “most sensible” option.

The authority decided not to pursue several option, which included developing offices away from the main site, with Cllr Mike Cockerill branding these “non-starters”.

The council will now go and look at the plans further, before returning with their findings, and Cllr Bill Chatt was full of praise for the findings, saying: “They are realistic options that are affordable”.

The proposals include a £775,000 upgrade to the IT network.