COUNCILLORS have approved a plan to build a cafe and improved boating facilities to Scarborough Mere in an effort to rejuvenate the neglected area of the town and help bring back its glory days..
The decision was taken by members of Scarborough Council’s cabinet and tenders will now be sought with possible completion by the end of May next year.
The report was part of a wider masterplan for the area which aims to redevelop the Mere and Oliver’s Mount – which will go out to public consultation next year.
Cllr David Jeffels, the portfolio holder for tourism, said it was a good opportunity because the area had been neglected for a number of years. He said: “I look forward to it becoming a reality.”
Cllr Bill Chatt said he remembered visiting the area when he was younger but he did not take his family there these days. He added: “That’s been lost now – it was an adventure. I think now is the right time let’s get on with it.”
Members also approved funding of £36,000 to develop the a planning brief for the masterplan to redevelop the wider Mere and Oliver’s Mount area.
According to the report the council has already been approached by a Scarborough cafe operator which has expressed an interest in developing the new wooden chalet-style cafe at the Mere – the site covers 2,000 square metres and is currently used as an informal car park by users of the Mere.
A boating jetty is situated next to the site and was previously used by the Hispaniola and rowing boats but has since fallen into disrepair and is currently considered unsafe for public access.