‘Seafront eyesore cannot just go on’

The Futurist Theatre building in Scarborough ... closed by the borough council and has become a new eyesore on the seafront
The Futurist Theatre building in Scarborough ... closed by the borough council and has become a new eyesore on the seafront

A leading Scarborough business group has called for the council to finally put the ailing Futurist theatre out of its misery.

The fate of the building was set to be discussed at a forthcoming cabinet meeting on Tuesday October 18.

Flamingo Land artists impression of proposed new attraction

Flamingo Land artists impression of proposed new attraction

A long-awaited report into how the building can be safely demolished without damaging the cliff behind was due to be presented but the council has not yet confirmed that has not yet confirmed that it will be going to that meeting, pushing any decision further back.

Mr Senior believes the saga has now dragged on for far too long – Flamingo Land’s plan to build a seaside attraction on the site was announced almost two years ago.

He said: “From the association’s point of view it has been going on far too long.

“People have lost their tolerance for hearing that a plan is coming forward and it is going to be redeveloped and are now just complaining about this carbuncle on the face of Scarborough.

“The grace period is over and the Futurist is owned by the council and so it is up to them to bite the bullet and do something about it.

“We hear they are waiting for the stabilisation report but if they are able to demolish it then they need to get on with it, if not then something else will need to happen fast. It cannot stay the way it is.”

The Scarborough News understands that the tenants of the shops that make up part of the Futurist building have received letters from the council telling them they need to be out of the units by the end of October.

This week the Theatre’s Trust moved the Futurist up to number 10 in its list of most at risk historic buildings.

Alongside campaigners it produced a video highlighting the theatre’s heritage in a bid to persuade the council not to demolish the building.

Comedian Dara O’Briain has lent his voice to the plight of theatres across the country.

He said: “As a touring stand-up comedian I have travelled up and down this country and worked in many of the theatres here and you have a unique 
and rich heritage of theatres that were built in the last 200 years.

“But we can’t take that for granted. Local community support is vital in breathing new life into theatres. If a theatre in your community was in danger of being lost forever, would you help fight for it?”