Listed status blow for Futurist

100332d''The Futurist Theatre
100332d''The Futurist Theatre

SCARBOROUGH’S historic Futurist Theatre has been dealt a new blow after it was refused listed status.

Campaigners fighting to save the theatre submitted an application to English Heritage in the hope of gaining listed building status for the venue.

However, 14 months after the application was made, the Department of Culture has refused the application.

Patricia David, who set up an alternative task group alongside Diana Tasker and Colin Bainbridge to save the futurist, said she was “devastated by the news”.

She said: “I was terribly disappointed because we have put a lot of our own time and money in to this.

“We are devastated really because we didn’t think this would happen. We really believed and still do believe the Futurist is worth of listed status.”

The theatre was given a two-year reprieve in October last year after a painstaking investigation by Scarborough Council’s Futurist Task Group.

What happens once the two years are up is yet to be decided as the theatre’s future hangs in the balance.

Campaigners still have hope though as they plan to appeal against the listed status decision on the grounds it took more than a year to conclude.

Patricia David said: “We feel that it is worth while to appeal because one of the things we need an answer on is why it took 14 months to decide.

“We are allowed to appeal on what we consider to be irregularities in the process.

“That is what we are going to appeal on. Why did it take so long to come up with a negative decision.

“Now what happens next is down to the council, but in the mean time we will be appealing the decision.”