Town is split over Town Hall move

Scarborough Town Hall, St Thomas Street. 'A Town Team public meeting in the Royal Hotel ballroom, full to standing room only, was held about the future of the Town Hall, which Scarborough Council have proposed to sell off and move out. Picture by Andrew Higgins   121831h  02/05/12

Scarborough Town Hall, St Thomas Street. 'A Town Team public meeting in the Royal Hotel ballroom, full to standing room only, was held about the future of the Town Hall, which Scarborough Council have proposed to sell off and move out. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121831h 02/05/12

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Scarborough is divided over plans to relocate the town hall - with a near 50/50 split between those in favour and those against.

Scarborough Council has announced the results of a public consultation in to its plans to relocate the Town Hall function in a bid to save running costs.

The results show a near 50/50 split, with 51 per cent of respondents preferring to keep the Town Hall in its current location in St Nicholas Street, and 49 per cent opting to move the council’s back office accommodation.

The move would see the function relocate to the former Scarborough Building Society headquarters Prospect House, in Eastfield.

During the consultation the public was asked whether it felt the civic function of the Town Hall should follow the offic function to Prospect House.

Of the 49 per cent that agreed with the move, 30 per cent wanted the civic function to move to Eastfield too, where as 19 per cent said they would like to see it retained in the current building.

The public consultation saw the council receive a total of 758 responses, 297 of which were from council employees, as well as 32 from councilllors, 25 from a business panel, 243 from a residents panel and 161 from the general public.

A total of 62 per cent of the respondents identified location as being more important than cost.

The results will be considered by councillors when making their deliberatino at the Cabinet meeting on July 17. Full council will then be asked to make its final decision on the options on Friday, July 20.