Newts moving out as the diggers get ready to roll into Water Park

Burniston rd Car Park . Newts are to be removed in the vacinity.Pic Richard Ponter 143713
Burniston rd Car Park . Newts are to be removed in the vacinity.Pic Richard Ponter 143713

Construction crews will break ground on the town’s new multi-million pound Water Park development in November, according to the leader of Scarborough Council.

Cllr Tom Fox told Monday’s Full Council meeting that things were progressing towards the start date and he remained hopeful that there would be no delays.

He added that newt trapping was taking place on the site, to the rear of the Burniston Road Car Park, to allow for the construction crews to move in.

Mr Fox said: “The council has passed all requisite approvals to allow Benchmark on site for the trapping of newts which will begin [on Monday].

“The anticipated start date for construction is November. As people will be aware Alpamare UK has submitted an application for a premises licence which will be heard by the Licensing Committee on October 8.

“The application is currently going through a period of consultation, and obviously we have to await the outcome of that.”

A number of councillors raised concerns about the licence application, which the operator is asking for until 2am, as reported previously in The Scarborough News.

Nearby residents have started a petition against the application, with more than 50 people having objected so far.

Cllr Peter Popple said: “There is a lot of concern on the north side about this application.”

Mr Fox said he did not want to prejudice anything that may happen at a committee but he said that he was aware there was ‘resistance’ to the application and said it would have to satisfy the usual licensing objectives.

When pressed by Cllr Mike Ward, Cllr Fox said he hoped the applicants would not walk away from the project if it was not granted a licence.