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Masterplan for a new 'Mount' - COMMENT ON THIS STORY

DETAILS have been unveiled of the multi-million-pound redevelopment of Oliver's Mount and the Mere, which is a step closer to reality.

The final masterplan includes a combination of commercial and rural facilities, and currently stands at a cost of 3.6 million to Scarborough Council.

Included in the scheme is a community woodland, a golf driving range, a mountain bike circuit and a visitor attraction, with the potential to feature a dry ski slope, and aerial adventure walkway.

The masterplan was produced as a result of a consultation process, during which the council asked people to select their favourite features from three varied proposals.

Project manager Alex Richards said: "From the three basic ideas we received more than 160 consultation responses, and found that rather than preferring one option to another people liked different aspects of each proposal, so we put together the masterplan based on their responses.

"However, even though it is a masterplan nothing is set in stone, and it is still very much at the idea stage.

"The plan now is that at the end of February we will collate all the responses to the masterplan and compile a final report for the cabinet, and we will then make recommendation as to where to go from there.

"It will hopefully be that we will then go out to tender on the masterplan and see if anyone is interested in taking on the development."

Mr Richardson presented the masterplan to members of the Forum for Tourism earlier this week.

Forum chairman Graham North said: "It will be a great facility and a super package for Scarborough to bring people in to the town.

"During the earlier consultation process we said, as the Forum for Tourism, that we wanted to see more use of that area and for it to be made more accessible to a wider range of people.

"It looks to me like this masterplan encompasses what we were looking for, and outlines good all round sustainable attraction."

The masterplan has also been given the thumbs-up by the Mere Angling Club. Secretary Andy McLoughlin said: "From what I can see it looks like it is going to be a really good attraction.

"From the early proposals we were concerned about motor water sports on the Mere so we are delighted that is has been set aside for angling. We don't mind a few paddle boats here and there either."

Colin Cowie, chairman of the Friends of the Mere, said: "The Mere has been left for years and years to go downhill so we are glad the council has finally taken an interest in it again.

"We were pleased to be involved with the consultations, and so far are happy with the results."

The masterplan is broken up into eight key areas for the Mount and the Mere, which each include the following features:

1: The Community and Woodlands – aimed at creating a landscape structure improving wildlife habitats, providing educational and active facilities, and creating a link between Scarborough and Eastfield.

2: The Visitor Attraction – which would include extreme sports and outdoor pursuits such as treetop walks, climbing walls, assault courses, a cycling activity centre, a ski dome, water park, or surf dome.

3: Eco-lodges – located to south of the Mere and near the proposed visitor attraction, providing sustainable accommodation for visitors.

4: Rail Halt and pedestrian footbridge – it is proposed that land next to the park and ride site is explored for use as a Rail Halt with associated footbridge, providing improved access to the Mere.

5: Wildlife and Angling Zone – The Mere itself will be developed and managed as a wildlife and angling zone. Would include desilting water bodies, designated areas for angling training/competitions, bird feeding stations, wildlife trails, information boards and site furniture.

6: Oliver's Mount (Sports Pitches and Race Track) – most of the existing sports pitches are to be retained except the pitches next to Oliver's Mount Farm, it is proposed these are relocated and the land developed as the northern entrance to the community woodland. Oliver's Mount Race Circuit will continue as normal.

7: Mountain Bike Circuits – this area is proposed on the undulating slopes next to Oliver's Mount and would provide a variety of circuits for different levels of users and would include a mountain bike centre.

8: Golf driving range – depending on developer interest and available funding it is proposed a new golf driving range is developed in co-operation with South Cliff Golf Club.

Land has also been identified for potential development, though specific details will depend on what interest is raised. It will include new woodland, wildflower meadows, footpaths, bridleways, cycle routes, fitness trails, picnic area, and a “healthy living” 4.4km closed circuit route.

2: The Visitor Attraction – which would include extreme sports and outdoor pursuits such as treetop walks, climbing walls, assault courses, a cycling activity centre, a ski dome, water park, or surf dome.

3: Eco-lodges – would be located to the south of the Mere and near the proposed visitor attraction, providing sustainable accommodation for visitors.

4: Rail Halt and pedestrian footbridge – it is proposed that land next to the park and ride site is explored for use as a Rail Halt with associated footbridge, providing improved access to the Mere.

5: Wildlife and Angling Zone – The Mere itself will be developed and managed as a wildlife and angling zone. Improvements would include desilting water bodies, designated areas for angling training/competitions, bird feeding stations, wildlife trails, information boards and site furniture.

6: Oliver’s Mount (Sports Pitches and Race Track) – most of the existing sports pitches are to be retained except the pitches next to Oliver’s Mount Farm, it is proposed these are relocated and the land developed as the northern entrance to the community woodland. Oliver’s Mount Race Circuit will continue as normal.

7: Mountain Bike Circuits – this area is proposed on the undulating slopes next to Oliver’s Mount and would provide a variety of circuits for different levels of users and would include a mountain bike centre.

8: Golf driving range – depending on developer interest and available funding it is proposed a new golf driving range is developed in co-operation with the existing South Cliff Golf Club.

Land has also been identified for potential development, though specific details will depend on what interest is raised.

 
 
 

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