Updated: ‘Magical cave’ to replace Futurist?

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Scarborough’s iconic Futurist could become a ‘magical cave-themed attraction’ it has been revealed.

A report, that will go before the council’s Cabinet on Tuesday, lists two options for the vacant site.

One of the options comes from a party named only as ‘Bidder B’,

In its proposal it states that it would replace The Futurist with: “A visitor attraction showcasing and displaying three distinct environments consisting of ‘subterranean, on the coastline and sky’ consisting of:

• A ‘landmark Pebble’ building with a magical cave-themed indoor environment

• A glass-fronted building with water cascading down the front

• A ‘high octane, adrenaline fuelled’ roller coaster

• A 55 metre ‘iconic’ lighthouse structure and Space Shot Tower which propels guests 55 metres into the sky

• A walk through aviary

• A new town square for Scarborough (on the site of King Street Car Park)

• An elevated dining venue giving diners views of the North Sea

• An undercover botanical garden (on a parcel of land within St Nicholas

Gardens)

• 10,500 sq ft of potential residential, office or hotel space

“The Bidder has confirmed that no cinema offer would be located within the development.”

A restaurant proposal from another bidder has been rejected by council officer.

The other option for the council would be to progress with the demolition of the theatre and move on with the development of the site and the King Street Car Park.

The cost of demolition has been estimated at £600,000.

None of the options on the table would see The Futurist retained.

Patricia David, of the Save Our Futurist Group said she was extremely upset at the developments.

She said: “The council appears to have paid lip-service to petitions and the views of the people who feel so strongly about the theatre.

“We thought at the very least they would extend the deadline to give us more time to speak to developers.

“The proposed scheme seems like it could potentially be a good idea but I, and i’m sure other people too, will not be pleased to see a hotel and residential accommodation in those plans.

“I have put the word out and we hope to have a good turn out for the meeting on Tuesday.”