Spa gets £800k funding restored

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WITHDRAWN funding for the £6.45 million renovation of Scarborough’s historic Spa Building has been restored by Yorkshire Forward, it has been revealed.

WITHDRAWN funding for the £6.45 million renovation of Scarborough’s historic Spa Building has been restored by Yorkshire Forward, it has been revealed.

A report to be considered by Scarborough Council’s Project and Partnerships Overview and Scrutiny Committee states that the agency has included the £800,000 in its funding allocations for the coming financial year.

It was feared that the soaring cost of the renovation could have left a hole in the council’s finances if vital funding was not secured.

The report was jointly prepared by John Riby, the council’s head of technical services, and Brian Bennett, the head of tourism and culture.

The report reads: “Members will recall that in 2010 Yorkshire Forward informed the Council that they were reducing their funding allocation for the scheme by £800,000. Following this notification the borough council allocated an additional £210,000 of its own capital resources to fund part of the resulting budgetary shortfall and the budget was reduced to £5.95 million.

“The reduced budget did not allow for any contingency therefore the Council also agreed to earmark the council’s Capital Contingency Reserve to fund any scheme overspend.

“Officers have recently been notified that Yorkshire Forward are reinstating the £800,000 in their 2011/12 funding allocations.

“The reinstatement of funding will bring the scheme budget back to the original approved level of £6.54 million, and the additional £210,000 that was committed from the Council’s capital resources will be added back into the Council’s Capital Development Reserve.”

In November 2009 the project was given the go-ahead with funding from Yorkshire Forward contributing £4.27 million and £2.27 million potential borrowing by the council.

Work began last April and the project is about halfway through with the venue expected to reopen in May. Its first show is scheduled to be the Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra on Saturday May 7.

Some of the project costs outlined in the report included:

- £300,000 for other changes to the works information

- £142,000 for additional lighting, theatre equipment and better stage facilities

- £65,000 to reposition a sub station

- £31,882 for extra IT and telecommunications works

- £20,000 for the additional cost to repairs to an underground car park

- £18,000 for repairs to a flat roof

- £14,000 for repairs to existing boilers

- £13,726 for the extra over cost of increased number and specification on seating

- £11,000 for repairs to the hidden cast iron down pipes

- £10,000 for repair works to Caretaker’s cottage

- £7,330 for extra cost to Yorkshire Water

- £7,011 for a new cold water tank

- £4,700 for an increase in NEDL installation.