Praise for store as club finds new home

Outside the present premises are from left, stewardess Glen Wharton, committee member Kim Buckley, treasurer Irene Pattison, secretary Alistair Baxter and committee member Liz Baxter
Outside the present premises are from left, stewardess Glen Wharton, committee member Kim Buckley, treasurer Irene Pattison, secretary Alistair Baxter and committee member Liz Baxter

A SCARBOROUGH social club’s future has been safeguarded after its potential new owners found it another home.

Uncertainty has surrounded the fate of the Corporation Club in Dean Road ever since Tesco agreed to purchase the land it is situated on from Scarborough Council.

However, Tesco have now confirmed that if they gain planning permission for a new supermarket, a building within the Dean Road prison will be converted and provided as a replacement venue.

The move secures five jobs and means that the club’s 530 members will still have a place to socialise.

Corporation Club chairman Peter Webster said: “We’ve held meetings with Tesco. They said they wanted to help and they’ve been true to their word.

“I think they’ve been very fair. People have their own say about Tesco getting the site but I take my hat off to them.

“They’re not the heartless corporate monster that everyone thinks. We’re all relieved.”

Mr Webster added that if the supermarket is built, he hoped some of the 550 Tesco staff who would work at the new store would visit the replacement club and boost membership numbers.

“It’s not a Tesco social club but it’s somewhere they could come,” he added. “Any Tesco employees would be more than welcome.”

The listed prison building earmarked to replace the Corporation Club will be to the right of the Dean Road prison gates. It was originally used as an electrical store and forge before it was converted to office space for staff at the Dean Road depot.

Deborah Hayeems, Tesco’s regional corporate affairs manager, said: “When we realised there was concern about the future location for the club should we be able to build a store on Dean Road, we looked into how we could help.

“We are delighted to be able to accommodate the Corporation Club within the Dean Road development.

“Having the club here will mean that they have a more secure future and will add vibrancy to this part of the site.”

The Tesco planning application, alongside an application from Sainsbury’s to expand its Falsgrave Road store, will be considered by Scarborough Council’s planning committee on December 8.