Memories: Destruction of old buildings

I have been visiting Scarborough since before World War Two.

In that time I have witnessed the council inspired vandalism of several rather lovely buildings - the replacement of the Laughton hotel with a concrete monstrosity, the Rowntree shop facade, at least, could have been preserved, the replacement of the South Bay swimming pool with a sterile flat surface, the arcade of chalets which surrounded it were erased, the destruction of the small round cafe on the Spa next to the bus rotation terminal, the destruction of the superb chalets with their own roof sun terraces, the loss of the quaint pub at the Scalby terminus of the miniature railway, the huge and hideous amusement centre next to the Grand Hotel, the destruction of the Victorian street level section of the Grand just to widen the road! And last, but not least, the conversion of the underground amusement centre beneath the Victorian bridge into a dismal car park. I believe it was called Gala Land with live entertainment throughout the day.

Each time that I come to Scarborough I find yet another of the cliff pathways closed off.

If you stay in a German resort you have to pay a nominal Kurtaxe for each day of the holiday, this money goes directly to the council and helps to pay for the town’s upkeep. However, in the UK, this would be as unpopular as the Poll Tax.

Philip Swift

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