Street closure spells disruption for hotels

130703a  file pic - view of St Nicholas Cliff, the Grand hotel on the left. As seen from the offices of Andrew Cowen on Harcourt Place. Photo by Andrew Higgins 11/02/2013
130703a file pic - view of St Nicholas Cliff, the Grand hotel on the left. As seen from the offices of Andrew Cowen on Harcourt Place. Photo by Andrew Higgins 11/02/2013
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A major town centre street is set to close during day time hours for up to two weeks causing disruption to some of the town’s largest hotels.

Resurfacing work is being carried out in St Nicholas Cliff from Monday.

North Yorkshire County Council, which is carrying out what it describes as “essential repairs”, anticipates the work will be completed within two weeks, though had warned the resurfacing schedule is weather dependent and times may be subject to change.

The work will take place between 7.30am and 7pm, during which time St Nicholas Cliff will be closed to all traffic.

A spokesperson for the county council said: “Parking restrictions will apply, and the loading bay on St Nicholas Street will be suspended. Residents are asked to help by not parking in Harcourt Place.”

The closure spell major disruption for a number of business including some of Scarborough’s largest hotels.

The Grand Hotel, Travelodge, The Mount Hotel, and The Riviera Hotel will all see guests unable to access their front doors in vehicles.

However managers say everything possible will be done to mitigate the impact.

Sham Stiffleton, assistant manager at Travelodge, said: “The council has told us they will provide extra resource on site to help us with deliveries in terms of bringing them down from the top of the road as there isn’t access for vehicles at all.

“This obviously means guests won’t be able to drop off outside the hotel either. There will be pedestrian access, and we will be on hand to provide assistance to guests who need it.

“All the hotels down here stick together and we will all help each other. The other week when The Grand had to be evacuated because of a false fire alarm we invited their guests in and gave them shelter before they were transferred to the Royal. That’s the kind of camaraderie we have here.”