Sports village responses to be reviewed

Weaponness Valley Car Park
Weaponness Valley Car Park

THE results of an eight-week public consultation on proposals for a new ‘sports village’ in Scarborough are to go before councillors.

Members of the Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee will be presented the findings relating to the development.

The consultation focused on three development briefs which outlined plans for the sports village in Weaponness Valley, and housing developments on land currently occupied by the football stadium in Seamer Road and the Filey Road sports centre.

Scarborough Council, which is undergoing a tendering process, is looking for a developer to build the sports village in return for the other two sites.

The eight week consultation process included directed consultation with more than 700 neighbours of the sites, correspondence with 71 organisations, four public exhibitions, consultation with 140 local sports groups, and a town team meeting.

A total of 408 questionnaires were received by the council as well as 54 individual letters, and a petition with 35 signatures from residents in Ashburn Rise.

The council says it was pleased with the responses to the consultation.

Pauline Elliott, head of regeneration and planning said: “Officers are satisfied with the overall level of participation in the consultation process, and that 92 per cent were from the Scarborough and Filey postal areas.

“Ramshill and Weaponness Wards had the greatest number of responses.

“The level of response from younger age groups was perhaps more disappointing, at 10.6 per cent, especially since posters were put up in schools and colleges, who were also asked to encourage pupils to participate.”

Issues raised during the consultation, including the range of facilities, the capacity and grade of the football ground and the development of the Filey Road Sports Centre, will be discussed by councillors when they meet on Thursday for the Environment and Economy Scrutiny Committee.

The full report, including a list of responses and breakdown of the questionnaires, can be viewed on Scarborough Council’s website under the agenda for the meeting.