Former cliff lift to become new cafe

A DISUSED cliff lift next to the Grand Hotel is set to be transformed into a new cafe after permission was granted.

Marcus Whitmore, Scarborough Council’s area planning manager, told members of the Planning Committee that the carriages on St Nicholas Cliff would be pinned in place and the workings would remain intact in case it was to be brought back into use as a lift.

The plan had been submitted by Andrew Atkins and was recommended for approval – subject to a number of conditions.

It was considered to be an appropriate reuse of the disused railway which allowed for investment in its structure and appearance.

The developer hopes convert the former ticket kiosk and two lift carriages into a café with both internal and external seating.

An artist’s impression showed a design modelled on Metro stations found in parts of Paris.

The external elements of the café would be created around a new counter servery and kiosk with the internal seating provided in the carriages that would remain positioned at the top of the slope.

Cllr Martin Smith welcomed the plan and added: “I think this scheme is an imaginative scheme. It’s been an eyesore for some considerable time.”

And Cllr Nick Brown agreed and said: “I think this is a wonderful scheme. It’s something Scarborough could do with more of – small schemes rather than monumental monstrosities.”

The application was given unanimous support.