Revamp of hall includes new museum

RADICAL plans for Sewerby Hall, near Bridlington, which is visited by hundreds of Scarbor-ough people every year, have been backed by local councillors.

The plans include restoring the hall to the way it would have looked decades ago and creating a new visitor centre.

Replacing the existing car park with a new performance arena and building a new car park is an integral part of the scheme, despite objections when it was first mooted a year ago.

A new review study says high priority proposals include:

l Refurbishing the ground floor to create an interpretation of a country house.

l Developing a new car park, possibly charging customers, and using the main entrance from Sewerby village.

l Converting the new stables and laundry block into a modern visitor centre and Museum of Sewerby, with extra shops, cafes and exhibition rooms.

l Turning the old stables into a new education centre and moving the zoo to the Home Farm area, which will be re-leased.

l Moving the putting green from the back of the hall to near the bowling green.

A report says East Riding of Yorkshire Council pays almost 500,000 a year to maintain the estate, but preservation costs could rise sharply without modernisation, and even increasing visitor numbers will not be able to cover this increase.