Ink has run out for historic print works

Vernon Road
Vernon Road
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The demolition has begun of a derelict building in the heart of Scarborough’s conservation area.

The wrecking ball moved in on 24 Vernon Road, next to the Hole in the Wall pub in to start a process which is expected to last into December.

Before it was a dilapidated shell the building used to house the Edward Thomas West (ETW) Dennis & Sons Ltd Printing and Publishing business, which produced postcard scenes of the local area, as well as the rest of Britain and Ireland.

It was the first company in the UK to be credited with producing commercial postcards.

Despite the fact that the demolition has started there are no plans for what will happen on the site once it has been cleared.

Rumours floating around had suggested that it would be used to build another car park to service the town centre.

More outlandish claims had a peace garden being planted for visitors to use.

However, Steve Schmuck of Central Property Developments, part of Central Property Lettings, which owns the site, told the Scarborough News that no decision had been made on its future.

He said: “The demolition will take until the middle of December all being well.

“There is nothing decided yet what will happen after that.

“Once the demolition has been completed we will sit down with Scarborough Borough Council and go from there.

“We will listen to what they have to say and what they think would be in the best interests of the town before we decide on anything.”

Commercial Property Developments has been responsible for a number of new builds in and around Scarborough.

Previous developments include a block of seven apartments in Belgrave Crescent and a five apartment development in Scalby Road

It has also produced commercial builds and was responsible for the new Oasis Cafe and Restaurant in Royal Albert Drive.