Mere plan is welcomed

Scarborough's Mere, and below, the Mere in its heyday.

Scarborough's Mere, and below, the Mere in its heyday.

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NEWS that a developer has stepped forward to rejuvenate one of Scarborough’s beauty spots has been welcomed by one of the groups which uses the area.

Earlier this week it was revealed that a developer had submitted plans to open a new chalet-style cafe at Scarborough Mere.

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Andy Maccallaugh, the secretary of the Scarborough Mere Angling Club, said it was good news and added: “I’d like to shake the gentleman’s hand. It looks an eyesore down there and this will attract more people.”

He said that the club had hoped to do something similar around eight years ago – they had planning permission and £34,000 in grant funding in place – but for one reason or another the project was delayed and once the deadline was passed the cash had to be returned.

“It’s a shame because we would have got that as well as other things – we could have had toilets and classrooms there,” he said.

As reported, the applicant, Darren Miller of Lisvane Park, has submitted the plans for the proposed cafe in Mere Lane to Scarborough Council for planning permission.

It is proposed the cafe would be open between 7am and 4pm from November to the end of February, and 7am to 9pm from March to the end of October.

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

Mr Miller has 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.”

Andy Crossley, of the council’s harbours and engineers department, said he was happy with the proposal but requested that floor levels be raised 300mm to remove the risk of internal flooding.