Homeless hostel could be in use within a year

The terrace at 6 to 8 Alma Square which could be upgraded to provide temporary accomodation for the homeless
The terrace at 6 to 8 Alma Square which could be upgraded to provide temporary accomodation for the homeless

Scarborough’s former homeless hostel could be redeveloped and brought back into use within a year if approval is granted by councillors.

The property, at 6 to 8 Alma Square, had been put up for sale and redevelopment but so far no organisation has expressed an interest in the project.

Cllr Bill Chatt, the housing portfolio holder, will present his report to Scarborough Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday with the final decision expected to be made by the full council.

He said it would be the most viable option and would make the authority less reliant on bed and breakfast accommodation. “There will be a lot more support in there for people that need it. Here we will have a building that will be fit for purpose.”

Cllr Chatt said it made sense not to sell the building. He added: “Selling that building and buying something different would be totally wrong.

“We’ve got this building there and this homeless situation. We need to bring it back into use. It’s a waste of a building which is doing nothing. We want to move it on quite quickly.”

He said that, once final permission was granted by councillors, the existing building could be brought up to the required standards in less than 12 months. According to his report a 20 per cent rise in homelessness had been reported with local demand also rising.

Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting will start at 10am.