As the North Bay waterpark developments are set to commence next month, a local dog club, based on site, is now desperately seeking a new home.
For the last forty years Scarborough and District All Breeds Dog Training Club has helped people to train their pets to make them ‘responsible members of the community.’
But its current winter training ground, at the rear of Burniston Road Car Park, will soon no longer be available and a new venue is sought imminently.
The club, which charges £5 for annual membership and £2 per hourly training session, was originally planning to move to the bowling greens at Seacliff, but unexpected rate costs in addition to rent have made it an impractical choice.
Chairman Jackie Town said that the group is looking for a new permanent indoor or outdoor training area - as its summer sessions held at Oliver’s Mount are often disrupted - that will allow it to maintain its low fees in order to make the training accessible to everyone.
She said: “Our aim is to try to include everyone who wants to train their dog by making it affordable.
“We teach our members to always pick up after their dogs, to socialise them with other dogs and people, to always keep their dogs under control and not be a nuisance to anyone.
“We are desperately looking for a new permanent training area with outside space for agility and with parking close by for up to 20 cars. We also need storage space of approximately 12ft by 10ft for equipment or somewhere we could put up our own store.
“Toilets and/or an electricity and water supply for making refreshments would be an absolute bonus.”
The club wishes to stay in a central Scarborough location to reflect the history of the society.
Training sessions are currently held on Sunday afternoons, but could be rescheduled to a Friday evening if necessary.
Mrs Town added: “We have experienced dog trainers who willingly give up their time to help Scarborough’s dog owners and as such are providing a free service to Scarborough and all we ask is for an area to help these people train their dogs.”
If you are able to help Scarborough Dog Club find a new training area, or if you are interested in attending the puppy or dog classes, please contact Jackie on 01723 512707.