North Bay eyesore in the firing line

The former Atlantis, North Bay pool, as it looks today. 120649c
The former Atlantis, North Bay pool, as it looks today. 120649c

SCARBOROUGH’S North Bay adventure park is under fire after its site was branded an “eyesore”.

Concerns were raised after three large caravans appeared at the Military Adventure Park on the former Atlantis site.

Members of the public contacted the Evening News saying they were “shocked” and “appalled” at the state of the once-magnificent North Bay pool.

Jo Drydale, of Parkfield Gardens, said: “To say it is now an eyesore is an understatement.

“The thing we would like to know is are the caravans the latest thing in holiday lettings or just being stored there?”

Newby ward councillor Andrew Jenkinson has also voiced his concerns, saying: “I think it’s horrendous. It looks like a gypsy encampment and it shouldn’t be allowed.

“Easter is just around the corner. What are visitors to the area going to think if it looks like that?”

Christine Mark, chairman of Peasholm Park Friends, said: “With it being Peasholm Park’s centenary year, to see the Atlantis site looking so sad is quite demoralising really.”

The Evening News contacted the Military Adventure Park’s managing director David Hooper, who said he wished to apologise to the people of Scarborough for the way the site looks at the moment.

Mr Hooper explained that the caravans were brought on site to create a new shooting range, which will be just one of the new attractions planned for the park as part of a £50,000 investment.

He said: “I hate the way it looks too - it is an eyesore and an embarrassment.

“We are trying to get planning permission for the shooting range, but nothing has happened yet.

“It’s extremely frustrating for us. We are trying our best and want to make it a really good park.

“If I’d known the caravans would be sat there so long without work being able to start, I wouldn’t have brought them onto the site.”

Mr Hooper explained that the caravans will be knocked together and clad to look like a building for the indoor shooting range.

He is also spending around £35,000 on a new children’s climbing attraction called Spider Mountain.

He said: “We’ve agreed to be here for the full year now and want to invest. We’re hoping to be open by the end of March and will launch with a Dr Who-themed day.”

A council spokesperson said: “We are fully aware of the caravans on the site of the Military Adventure Park in the North Bay. The operator of the attraction intends to convert the caravans into wooden clad style cabins for use as part of the shooting range within the park.

“We understand that as well as improving the attraction for visitors, these cabins will also help to better absorb the sound of the shooting thereby addressing concerns received from local residents last year about the noise from the range.

“We are currently working with the operator on the necessary permissions he needs to get the work completed for the start of the main season and we look forward to seeing the improved attraction in operation.”

The spokesperson continued: “Historically the council took the decision to demolish Atlantis to make way for one of the first phases of The Sands development, as per the original project master plan at that time.

“However in the last few years there has been a number of factors, all reported through the media, and which the council was unable to predict, that have prevented that particular site from coming to the forefront of the development.

“The new owners of Benchmark, the developer of The Sands, have plans to develop the site for hotel and mixed leisure use in the future, with their current priorities being the new waterpark and forest village development off Burniston Road.”

Originally the North Bay swimming pool was opened in July 1938 and closed its doors for the final time in 2007.

At one time its giant slides were the biggest in Europe.