Nearly ready to start but not yet

Artists impression of The Street, which will be built in William Street Coach Park
Artists impression of The Street, which will be built in William Street Coach Park

BUILDING work on Scarborough’s new £6.5 million youth and community centre may not begin for another two months.

It had been hoped that builders would begin work on The Street, which will be situated in William Street Coach Park, later this month.

However, a slight redesign by new architects has meant a new planning application has to be submitted before construction starts.

Stephanie Sturrock, chief executive of charity Seachange, said building work would now start at the beginning of August at the latest.

“We’re still just going through the process,” she said. “These things have to take their course.”

The charity is still hiring some contractors, although the main contracts including the project managers, structural engineers and landscape architects have already been handed out.

“It’s really exciting at the moment,” Ms Sturrock added. “When the builders are on site I think it will become real to people. A lot is going on in the background at the moment.

“The new planning application is needed because of changes to the look of the building externally.

“We have also taken the opportunity to address some of the residents’ concerns further. For example, we have moved the building a bit further away from the homes.

“The shape has changed slightly and the entrance and the windows have been altered.”

Planning permission for the earlier designs was granted by Scarborough Council’s planning committee in December last year.

It is expected that the revised plans will once again sail through the planning process. Once it is completed, The Street will include state-of-the-art facilities for youngsters in Scarborough including a sports hall, dance studio, climbing wall, recording studio, multi media suite, gardens and roof terraces.

A café and meeting rooms will also be included, and sport facilities will be available for hire to the whole community.

Several voluntary and charitable organisations will also move into office space on the upper floors of the 3,000 sq metre, four-storey development.

Potential tenants include the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Disablement Action Group, Scarborough Community Network, Alzheimer’s Society, Advocacy Alliance and 4Youth.

A pupil referral unit is also expected to be included in the development.

Once building work begins, it is expected to take around 12 months to complete.

The project is a partnership between North Yorkshire County Council and Seachange, previously known as Coast and Moors Voluntary Action.

Within its first three years, it is claimed that The Street will support 3,000 young people in the Scarborough area in adopting healthier lifestyles.

It is hoped that 750 young people will be supported into employment or training, and 1,200 young people will participate in voluntary or community events in the same period.

The town will see a 20 per cent increase in work space for voluntary and community groups as a direct result of the building, and 20 new community support services will be introduced in Scarborough.