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The new fish and chip cafe in Sandside
The new fish and chip cafe in Sandside
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Councillors have granted retrospective planning permission to allow a change of use at one of Scarborough’s Old Town amusement arcades.

The building, which is in Sandside and near to the junction with Quay Street, was converted into a fish and chip cafe and takeaway and had been trading for about a year.

Karen Lawton, a planning officer with Scarborough Council, said an outdoor seating area would be subject to a separate licensing application.

She added: “In this case the loss of the amusement arcade would be appropriate. Environmental services have raised no objections.”

The proposal had attracted a number of objections based on increased litter and cooking smells but Mrs Lawton told members of the council’s Planning Committee that a litter management scheme was one of the conditions.

Cllr Eric Broadbent, who lives in Quay Street, said he believed the scheme would make a big difference to “that little corner of Sandside”.

He added: “There are changes in Sandside – the owners are investing money – it shows confidence in tourism. It’s good for the seafront.”

Cllr Brian Watson said he was concerned about the outside seating area. He said: “If you take areas away from the amenity you are forcing people into the road.”

A majority of committee members voted in favour with two abstentions.