The Futurist now: is this good enough for Scarboro?

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The Scarborough News is calling for action on what has become the town’s worst eyesore.

The Futurist – which was closed two years ago – has been left to resemble a semi-derelict inner city site.

The Futurist in Scarborough falls into further disrepair and neglect . Pic Richard Ponter 154811a

The Futurist in Scarborough falls into further disrepair and neglect . Pic Richard Ponter 154811a

Visitors who come to enjoy the glory of Scarborough seafront are instead greeted by makeshift bedding, broken signage and a shabby frontage.

The theatre once played host to the biggest names in showbusiness, from The Beatles to Morecambe and Wise, and nothing has been put in place to avoid its current shocking dereliction.

John Senior, chairman of the South Bay Traders Association, said the time had come to act.

He told The Scarborough News: “We are forever getting comments from people saying what an eyesore it is, and they are right. It looks a bloody mess.

The Futurist in Scarborough falls into further disrepair and neglect .Further visible damage has occurred to the building. Pic Richard Ponter 154811e

The Futurist in Scarborough falls into further disrepair and neglect .Further visible damage has occurred to the building. Pic Richard Ponter 154811e

“I was in the Lake District recently and when someone found out where I was from they told me they had recently visited the town.

“He said ‘that Futurist is a bit of a mess isn’t it?’” That says it all.

“The time has come now to either knock it down or to disguise it. Put up some cladding showing what it could become.

“It can’t go on like it is now.”

Since its closure a plan to demolish the building has been mired in red tape.

Flamingo Land has agreed a deal in principle to knock down the building and turn it into a resort with a rollercoaster, space shot tower and indoor attractions.

However, earlier this year a report called into question the stability of the cliff face behind the building.

Scarborough Council remains committed to razing the building and a report on how the demolition will be carried will be going back before the authority in coming months.

In the meantime, the theatre has fallen into disrepair – as visitors walk past in shock at how it has been left.

The last show ever put on at the grand venue was a showing of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and now the area around the theatre has become like a scene from the film, with debris, rubbish and broken glass.

Since it was closed, the theatre has had a number of breaches in security.

This week we are asking the council or any of its 50 councillors to sort out this disgrace to Scarborough.

A spokesman for Scarborough Council said: “In terms of making the front of the theatre more secure, we are considering options to block off the open areas immediately outside the doors and bring the external perimeter flush with the top of the stairs, or if possible, the pavement. We know that whatever we do will need to be visually attractive given its prominent seafront location and that is something we will bear in mind when choosing a suitable method.”