Residents living near the derelict football ground on Seamer Road will be delighted that work has finally begun on the demolition of the site but they will not forget that they have had to live next door to this eyesore for more than four years.
The leader of the council and his executive should be left in no doubt about the anger residents feel about the situation.
Equally motorists, bus passengers, commuters and tourists alike, travelling along the A64 corridor, will be pleased that some action is finally being taken to improve the built environment on the main route in and out of Scarborough.
Following the demise of Scarborough Football Club in June 2007 the ground was allowed to fall into a state of disrepair and neglect and become a very visible and detrimental advert for the town.
In fairness to Scarborough Borough Council, management of the site has been complicated by several factors outside of its control, including the global economic downturn.
At a time when major investment might have provided some of the answers to the questions being asked at that time, about improving sport and leisure facilities across the whole of the Borough, the money supply dried up and inevitably part of the process had to be put on hold.
That said, I believe the council should make every effort to ensure this kind of thing is not allowed to happen again.
Consultation also needs to continue between the council and Falsgrave Park residents, particularly those living near to the site. The recent public consultation about the development of a sports village on the Weaponness coach park and what happens on the Filey Road Sports Centre and Seamer Road football ground sites should not be seen as the end of a process.
Although it is not the council’s intention, experience tells us that years may pass before development plans come to fruition and residents need to be kept informed and included in the process every step of the way.
Cllr John Ritchie
Falsgrave Park Ward