Plan for former Salisbury hotel

Paul Murray at Vivaz Nightclub
Paul Murray at Vivaz Nightclub

A popular Scarborough night club could be closed and converted into storage under the latest plans submitted as part of the former Salisbury Hotel redevelopment.

Vivaz Nightclub has occupied the basement plot in Huntriss Row for nine years, with the building being home to night clubs since 1968.

However the landlord of the building has now submitted plans to Scarborough Council to change the use of the property to either a stock room or retail space.

The application is part of a wider developement of the former Salisbury Hotel, which is being transformed into student flats and retail units on the ground floor.

Planning permission has already been granted for the flats, and for the closure of the Salibury Arcade to merge the thoroughfare with the retail area.

The application states the tenancy for the nightclub is approaching its term, and that the plans “rationalise the space into a more lettable retail scheme”.

It says: “The basement will be offered for the use of the shop tenants. This scheme proposes a more viable use of the building as a whole, utilising the basement, which might otherwise be left empty.”

Vivaz owner Paul Murray says it will be sad to see the closure of Vivaz, but that the venue has seen its heyday as changing drinking habbits mean less people go to nightclubs.

He said: “Our lease runs until December 31, 2015, and we will be here and be open until then. After that I’ll see what the industry is like before I decide what I’m going to do.

“Clubs are struggling. Late pubs have come along, and they have the same licence as clubs.

“People buy cheap supermarket alcohol and drink at home now, then go out later to bars. We will see what happens. In the mean time I’ll keep running Vivaz andkeep the buzz going.”