Demolition at Scarborough's football ground - COMMENT ON THIS STORY

THE end could be near for Scarborough's much-loved former McCain Stadium.

Scarborough Council is due to discuss demolition work at the Seamer Road football ground on Wednesday.

So far only the main stand, club house and "Shed" stand are slated for demolition as the authority hope that the ground's two newer stands – the east and west – and its floodlights will be able to be transferred to new football facilities in town.

The ground has been locked up since June 2007, when Scarborough FC went out of business and receivers Begbies Traynor took control of it.

After protracted negotiations the council eventually purchased the ground from the receivers for 1.335 million in December 2008.

But though it has been locked, there have been arson attacks and vandalism at the ground, leading people living near the stadium to condemn the plans as too little too late.

Stuart Baker, who owns the house nearest to the ground, said: "I'm pleased to hear work is due to start but personally I'd love to see it all go.

"I don't think they'll ever be able to save the new east stand. When they built it they had to underpin it because the ground wasn't good enough."

When the stand was constructed in 1994, 58 piles had to be sunk to a depth of 40ft to provide support.

Mr Baker added: "Since the ground has been closed it's been a nightmare for its neighbours.

"We had our house on the market for about 10 months but had no offers even though we dropped 16,000 from the asking price. People just weren't interested because they didn't know what would happen to the football ground."

For more on this story read Saturday's Scarborough Evening News It would include a new base for Scarborough Athletic, who currently play their home matches in Bridlington, and house the authority’s sports facilities.