Risks outlined of Town Hall move

The former Sklpton Building Society premises. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.  121719
The former Sklpton Building Society premises. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 121719
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PEOPLE will get another chance to hear the key risks involved in a possible relocation of the Town Hall to an out of town site.

It is due to be discussed at a meeting of Scarborough Council’s Audit Committee on Tuesday when Nicholas Edwards, the council’s head of finance and asset management, will outline the risks to members.

Officers are currently conducting a public consultation on the proposed move and a final decision is due to be taken by members of the full council in July.

Mr Edwards said: “As part of its terms of reference the Audit Committee receives regular reports detailing the risk registers of major projects being undertaken by the council.

“The risk register is from the council perspective and details the risks identified, the consequences that may arise and how each risk is being managed and thus controlled.”

He added that in March the council considered a report on the Town Hall and approved a period of detailed consultation before taking their decision in July – Tuesday’s discussion is part of that process.

Last month the council confirmed long-standing rumours that it was considering a move to the former Skipton Building Society headquarters in Eastfield.

Scarborough Building Society moved into the £10 million, 51,000sq ft building in Scarborough Business Park in 2002 but it has been vacant since 2010 following a takeover by its Skipton counterparts.

Plans to sell off the Town Hall were revealed in March in a £3 million deal proposed by the Homes and Communities Agency.

The agency, which replaced Yorkshire Forward and aims to promote economic regeneration, would receive an equity share in the planned redevelopment of the Futurist and Town Hall as part of the agreement.

Councillors agreed to accept the offer but only after the deal was amended to allow more public consultation – council officers had feared they would lose the cash offer which would scupper a potential move to the out of town site.

Under the revised agreement if councillors opt to stay put, as a result of July’s decision, there is the option of giving the £3 million back.