MORE than £100,000 could be spent on radically transforming a village green under proposals submitted by a leading Scarborough businessman.
Ian Proudfoot, Managing Director of Proudfoot, has submitted plans to Seamer Parish Council to add a secure playing area for children, along with fencing, trees and improvements to footpaths and disability access.
Over ten years, Mr Proudfoot said the plans would cost around £140,000, adding that he wants to “improve the services on offer to the community.”
He added: “We have been in this community for 65 years, so we just want to give something back.”
However, a section of the communit oppose the plans.
More than 200 people have already joined a facebook group rallying against the proposals, which would also see the addition of a car park, covering just under 15 per cent of the park.
Group founder Kathy Starling said: “It’s not that we don’t want the park to be improved – I would love it if we could get the green get fixed up.
“But we certainly don’t want a car park there.”
Mr Proudfoot vehemently defended his plans though, stating that the car park was not just for his customers, but was for the entire community.
He added: “Over the past 40 years, villages across the country have lost their pubs and their post offices.
“Now we have a village that’s doing the opposite, and trying to bring something in, and they are just trying to throw it out.”
Proudfoots have already held an informal referendum in their Seamer store, and Mr Proudfoot said that around 70 per cent of residents who voted were in favour of the plans.
And plans are now in place for a more formal vote over the issue.
Scarborough’s new mayor, Cllr Helen Mallory, who is a former chairman of Seamer Parish Council, said: “With it being such an important issue, it’s only right that the public should basically make the decision.
“There are a lot of issues to discuss, but looking at the proposals it would make the village green a heck of a lot more user friendly. Personally I think the plans look magnificent, but I’m not going to try and sway anybody. It’s up to the residents to decide.”