New twist in Scarborough’s cinema battle

Drop Folder News. Pic Kevin Allen.'North Street Car Park.'072741

Drop Folder News. Pic Kevin Allen.'North Street Car Park.'072741

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There could be a dramatic new twist in the long-running saga of Scarborough’s proposed mutliplex.

The Scarborough News has learned that the council’s cabinet is to consider putting the North Street car park site out to tender at a behind-closed-doors meeting on Tuesday.

Should the cabinet decide to market the site on the open market it will open the door for a five-screen cinema, which has had planning permission in North Street since 2008.

The site cannot be sold directly to one party and will have to be put out to tender with the highest bidder being successful in securing the car park, which generates around £300,000 in income each year for the authority.

Nikolas Shaw, the owner of the Opera House Casino and man behind the cinema bid has been informed of the meeting and a spokesman for him said he was ‘pleased and encouraged’ by the news.

The move comes just weeks after the council’s planning committee went against their officer’s advice and threw out plans for a cinema on the former Atlantis site in North Bay.

It is not yet known whether the move to market the North Street car park, which only last year was ruled out by former leader Cllr Tom Fox, means the end of the North Bay plans.

Water Park developer Benchmark Leisure Ltd is behind the Atlantis plans, which was also to include restaurants.