Fresh hopes for crisis cafe

Carole Gerada (left) and Hester Clarke pictured outside the recently closed Coasters Cafe.'113402a. Pic Kevin Allen.'22/08/11.
Carole Gerada (left) and Hester Clarke pictured outside the recently closed Coasters Cafe.'113402a. Pic Kevin Allen.'22/08/11.

WORK is under way to re-open a community cafe in Eastfield which closed due to funding cuts.

Coasters Community Café, in Westway, shut its doors for the final time on Friday, after falling victim to Government spending cuts and the economic downturn.

The recently closed Coasters Cafe.'113402b. Pic Kevin Allen.'22/08/11.

The recently closed Coasters Cafe.'113402b. Pic Kevin Allen.'22/08/11.

However, it is hoped that the cafe – which was a meeting place for locals and a training hub for young people – may open again.

Parish councillor Carole Gerada (pictured) says that everyone wants to get it open again and is hoping people will work together towards the goal.

She said: “I’ve spoken to Eastfield residents and they’ve mentioned the idea for the future such as earlier and later opening hours and different kinds of events.

“I would love to see residents involved in running the café and organising themed events, such as curry nights.”

Cllr Gerada added that around £10,000 of parish council money had been invested in the project and it was important that this should be well used.

Eastfield ward councillor Brian Simpson is now heading up a group to try to get the café open again.

He said: “As a community Eastfield was shocked and disappointed at the decision by Seachange to withdraw its support for Coasters Café.

“We have now put together a small steering group for the café.

“We will be working with Scarborough Council to look for other funding streams as well as looking how the cafe can be run on much more of a business-like footing.

“All options are being considered and we are determined to see the cafe reopened as soon as it is possible.” Progress reports will be made at the monthly meetings of Eastfield Parish Council.