Bookshop plan for ex-arts shop

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PLANS have been revealed which would see a Scarborough arts shop could be reborn as a high-class cafe and bookshop.

The application, by Abigail Taylor, of Station Road, Scalby, would see the conversion of the former Bar Street Arts shop at 14 Bar Street.

The shop was opened by Dave Colley in September 1996 but closed down last month, with “pressure from the internet” being cited as a major factor.

In a statement to Scarborough Council’s planning department, the applicant states: “It is proposed that No 14 be converted into a high-class cafe and bookshop that also sells cards, crafts and art by local artists. Research has shown that in these economic times a bookshop on its own would not be viable.

“The bookshop will concentrate on books with a local flavour and will support local writers wanting an outlet for their books.

“Customers would be able to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat as they browse. They would also be encouraged to stay a while, read a book and relax. It would be in this area that on an evening book groups, writers clubs and others connected to the arts would be invited to come along, have food wine and discuss art, literature and other things of interest.

“Authors would also be able to use the room for presentations and book signings; artists would be able to display their work.”

It is proposed the room be used as part of the cafe and shop during the day, up to 7pm.

Bar Street takes its name from its position close to the former Newborough Bar, a Victorian copy of the town’s main gate across the main street which was demolished in 1890 after only 40 years because of the need to get traffic moving through the town centre.

There had been a bar across what is the junction of Westborough and Newborough since the 13th century.

The bar once included a debtors’ prison with a jailer’s house on the south side of the building.

Despite experiencing mixed fortunes in recent years, the street is still home to a number of thriving businesses.