Sports village: public event

THE future of sport in Scarborough will come under the microscope at a public meeting in the town tonight.

The event, which has been organised by the Town Team, will be held at the Royal Hotel from 7pm.

Scarborough Council’s investment manager Nick Taylor is encouraging people to attend and have their say at the meeting and help shape the future of sports provision in the town.

Earlier this year Scarborough Council bosses revealed plans for a new 2,000 capacity football stadium on the former Weaponness Valley coach park.

The ground would be the base for a multi-million pound sports complex in the town complete with a 25-metre, eight-lane, swimming pool.

There would also be a sports centre comprising an indoor hall, fitness suite, activity studio and squash courts.

Scarborough FC’s 128-year history ended in June 2007 when it became a casualty of crippling debts of more than £2 million.

It is hoped that the new leisure village will be completed within three years and football will be able to return to Scarborough.

The redevelopment of the Filey Road Sports Centre and Seamer Road Football Stadium for housing will not take place until the development of the Weaponness site has been completed.

Developers bidding to build the proposed sports village met planners last month to set out their vision for the scheme.

It is expected the council will select its preferred option from the six remaining candidates next year.

The council is planning to carry out an extensive dig at the site of the former McCain Stadium to rid it of collectable bottles buried there.