Decision over Town Hall future

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A RELOCATION of Scarborough’s Town Hall could still be a possibility.

Members of Scarborough Council’s Cabinet took the decision this week and the matter is due to be presented to full council by next summer.

Report author John Riby, speaking at his last Cabinet meeting before his retirement, said that moving from the Town Hall would be the last option.

Cllr David Jeffels said it was an opportunity for the council to save money and at the same time regenerate the site.

Cllr Andrew Backhouse said it was important that the council had a presence in the town centre. He added: “It’s very accessible. There are 374 staff and that has an impact on the economy of the town.”

There are three preferred three options. They are:

l To keep and refurbish the traditional part of the existing Town Hall together with all back office extensions

l To keep and refurbish the traditional part of the existing Town Hall only and relocate displaced services elsewhere

l To refurbish the traditional part of the existing Town Hall to the standard required to maintain listed building status and transferring all services elsewhere.

Almost £6 million is needed to maintain the authority’s properties and a proposed move has been mooted for more than a decade.

Jim Dillon, the council’s chief executive, said: “Cabinet has now given us a clear steer as to which options it would like exploring further.”