Lakeside cafe bid

Scarborough Mere, showing old cafe site. and below, in its heyday'113724a.
Scarborough Mere, showing old cafe site. and below, in its heyday'113724a.

MOVES to open a new wooden chalet-style cafe at a Scarborough beauty spot have taken a major step forward after a bid was made to obtain planning permission for the scheme.

Applicant Darren Miller, of Lisvane Park, hopes to build the facility at the Mere and has submitted the plans to Scarborough Council.

It is proposed the cafe, in Mere Lane, would have opening hours of 7am to 4pm from November to the end of February, and 7am to 9pm from March to the end of October.

It will serve hot and cold drinks, ice cream and ice lollies, confectionery, hot and cold sandwiches, chips, scampi and jacket potatoes.

Mr Miller said: “On this site we will be erecting a log-effect style cabin snack bar with a fixed terrace seating area on the green to the left of the cabin will be a putting green and in the Mere lake there will be rowing/pedal and bumper boats and also coin-operated remote control boats.

“There will be bins provided around the site which will be emptied daily by ourselves, and there will be car park bays to keep it neat and tidy with all-around CCTV.”

He added: “This shouldn’t cause any upheaval as there is already a car park for people walking around the Mere and the neighbouring properties are across the road from the main entrance to the car park. This shouldn’t affect the local economy, if anything it should improve the local economy as we are creating more jobs and for local people to enjoy this beauty spot.

“CCTV will be fitted in and around the unit area. All fixtures, ie picnic tables and benches, will be fastened down securely and we would like to put a secure lockable gate to the main entrance.”

Andy Crossley, of the council’s harbours and engineers department, said: “I have reviewed the application and I am happy with the proposals as submitted but would request that the floor levels of the buildings are set a minimum of 300mm above the ground level to remove the risk of internal flooding of the buildings should the Mere overtop its banks.”

There could also be a new boating and cycle store opened on the site.

Last year a £3.6 million plan to rejuvenate the Mere area was unveiled.

It includes as many as 260 eco lodges, a community woodland, wildlife trails, a golf driving range, a mountain bike circuit, a dry ski slope and aerial adventure walkways.

The area of land covers 2,000 square metres and is currently used as an informal car park by users of the Mere.

A boating jetty is next to the site and was previously used by the Hispaniola and rowing boats – but it has since fallen into disrepair and is currently considered unsafe for public access.