Deal is agreed for new council depot

The former British Gas site at the end of the Queen Margarets Trading Estate..'Picture by Neil Silk  113609
The former British Gas site at the end of the Queen Margarets Trading Estate..'Picture by Neil Silk 113609

A REPLACEMENT site for Scarborough’s Dean Road depot has been found.

Scarborough Council has agreed a deal with the Skipton Building Society to purchase the old gas works on Queen Margaret’s Road Industrial Estate.

The land was used by the building society as a continuity site.

The need for a replacement depot facility arose after the council agreed a deal to sell its current Dean Road site to Tesco.

Chris Bourne, the council’s projects manager, said: “The new site will provide better quality, flexible accommodation better suited to the needs of our services.

“This will enable us to take advantage of modern, more efficient, flexible ways of working and make better use of new technology, thereby reducing running costs and overheads, and improving service delivery to our customers.”

The Evening News understands that the council may also look to transfer some parks and gardens services to the new site in the future from Manor Road Nurseries. The council have not confirmed this.

Cllr David Billing, chairman of the council’s central urban area committee, said yesterday: “Some of the Labour members have grave concerns about the fate of the Manor Road Nurseries.”

The contract for the gas works site will be completed once the Skipton Building Society carries out remediation works on the land. It will then be redeveloped by the council.

With the termination of a highways agency agreement in April, which saw the county council take over a series of services from the borough council, the Dean Road depot site has been deemed too large.

The sale of the Dean Road site will be completed if planning permission is granted for a new superstore. A decision on the Tesco application is expected to be made in the autumn.