Sports village plans on show

A visitor to the exhibition looks at the proposals '112625f
A visitor to the exhibition looks at the proposals '112625f

AN EXHIBITION of proposals for Scarborough’s new multi-million pound sports village has gone on show to the public.

St James’ Church Hall in Seamer Road was the first venue to display diagrams and artists impressions of the planned development on the site of the Weaponness car and coach park.

Further exhibitions will be held at Scarborough Sports and Tennis Centre, Filey Road, on between 3pm and 8pm on Wednesday, Falsgrave Community Centre, Seamer Road, on Thursday July 14, from 3pm-8pm and at the Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, on Thursday July 21, between 3pm and 7pm, where planning officers will be on hand to answer any questions about the proposals:

Three draft development briefs have been prepared in connection with the proposals and are now available for consultation.

The briefs include proposals for the sports and leisure village on land at the Weaponness car and coach park, with the existing Seamer Road football ground, the Filey Road Sports and Tennis Centre and the remaining land at the Weaponness site released for development to help fund the new leisure facilities.

Council strategic director Hilary Jones said: “This is a great opportunity for local people to comment and have their say on the town’s future leisure facilities. The project will deliver state of the art sports facilities for Scarborough and re-establish a base for football in the town, benefiting the whole community.”

The consultation period will last for eight weeks, running until Monday August 8. The briefs and further details can be found at www.scarborough.gov.uk/sportsvillage. Once this period has ended, the council will consider the comments received and look at adopting finalised versions of the briefs in autumn.

Scarborough FC’s 128-year history ended in June 2007 when it became a casualty of crippling debts of more than £2 million. It is hoped that the new leisure village will be completed within three years and football will be able to return to Scarborough.

Key meetings have been held between Scarborough Council and the six companies in line to secure the contract to construct a new leisure village and 2,000-capacity football ground on the former Weaponness coach park site.

Representatives from all six firms, the identities of which have not been officially disclosed, gave presentations to senior council officers over two days last week.

The six candidates were chosen from 12 potential developers who had submitted proposals to the council, and a decision will be taken in the autumn to halve the number again to create another shortlist.

It is hoped that the developer chosen to build the leisure village will be announced early next year.