Demolition of historic Scarborough building begins

The cafe is being razed to the ground
The cafe is being razed to the ground

Demolition work has started on an historic Scarborough building.

Diggers have moved in at the former Royal Albert Drive cafe and toilets.

From above

From above

Scarborough Council's planning committee granted demolition approval in January as it invites offers for the site.

In September, The Scarborough News reported on how an investment group had hit out at Scarborough Council over its handling of the tender process for the former cafe.

Richard Ward works on behalf of a group who had submitted a plan to turn the cafe into a restaurant.

It would have seen the building demolished and rebuilt, with public toilets on the site retained as part of the new building.

However, the plan was rejected by the council.

The Scarborough News understands that the plans were rejected because the council wants holiday lets included as part of any development on the site.

By demolishing the cafe the council hopes to increase the size of the plot of land in a bid to attract more developers to submit offers.