Spiritual charity open door to council

File pic - Londesborough Lodge, in The Crescent. 093357s      'pic Andrew Higgins 14/08/09     'in News
File pic - Londesborough Lodge, in The Crescent. 093357s 'pic Andrew Higgins 14/08/09 'in News

An open invitation has been extended to each Scarborough councillor to hear a Buddhist charity discuss their plans for an historic building.

The Scarborough charity, Kagyu Samye Dzong, are holding a public talk at the Crown Spa Hotel on September 25.

During the evening, members of the charity will present their plans for the redevelopment of Londesborough Lodge.

As exclusively revealed in The Scarborough News, the group are hoping to turn the derelict building into an ‘holistic oasis’ in the centre of the town.

The building once hosted royalty, but in recent years it has been left to ruin, with Scarborough Council unable to secure a buyer.

The charity have made what they feel is a generous offer to the authority, and member Ani Tselha said they could turn it into a major global attraction for Buddhists.

However, she added that progress was slow, and despite the backing of a handful of ‘enlightened’ councillors, no real progress has been made regarding the sale.

But she is confident that, should the councillors take up the invite, they will embrace the plans.

“Every council member has been invited, we are hoping they will attend,’ said Ani.

“The question on every ones lips is will the council hold out indefinitely for a big money buyer, or will they go for community benefit which includes a decent offer for the lodge and a project who will lovingly restore and care for the lodge.”

Their plans for the lodge include turning it a centre for meditation and well being, and the charity also hope to offer support for drink and drug addicts.

Previously, the charity has attempted to secure the backing of actor and comedian Russell Brand.

Ani wrote a letter to Brand, who appeared on stage with the Dalai Lama earlier this year, and she claims to have had a conversation with the entertainer regarding their plans.

Both the charity and Brand are advocates of the ‘12-step’ programme, and although she admits Brand is a divisive figure, he epitomises what they are trying to achieve.

She said: “It’s important that our project is relevant to young people and he understands drug and alcohol addiction as someone who was an addict.”

The event takes place between 7.30pm and 9pm.