Plan to support Barrowcliff bid

A FIVE-YEAR blueprint to regenerate Barrowcliff is being considered by councillors.

Members of Scarborough Council’s Cabinet last week voted in favour of the My Barrowcliff action plan and it is due to be further considered by the Central Urban Area Committee today.

In a report by Lindy Rowley, the chairman of the Scarborough Urban Area Forum, she said: “The support group is working closely with Groundwork North Yorkshire and the Community Partnership to develop and deliver My Barrowcliff – a community masterplan.

“The forum is supporting specific work around financial inclusion – plans include a roadshow to encourage residents to join the credit union, save money and take advantage of their offers, avoiding high interest lenders.

“Work is also ongoing to support the Barrowcliff Residents Association and deliver environmental improvements to the Gallows Close Centre.”

When the matter was discussed by the Cabinet last week Cllr Brian Simpson, the portfolio holder for neighbourhood renewal, community involvement and partnerships, said: “There are clear aspirations set out in the plan and I look forward to working with people to get these things done.”

Jo Ireland, the council’s community partnerships manager, added that Barrowcliff was one of the poorest areas in the borough and that the situation had got worse since 2004.

She said: “We are at the start of the process. This is a five-year plan – it’s not a quick fix.”

Her report described the plan as an “aspirational vision for the future of the Barrowcliff estate” and aims to take a coordinated approach to tackle some of the area’s complex problems.

Research for the project has been drawn from a number different surveys with residents over the past few years.

North Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Coast Homes, Sanctuary Housing and North Yorkshire County Council have all been involved in the plan’s development.

Cllr Bill Chatt, the ward councillor for Woodlands, said: “The people of Barrowcliff are really getting behind this now – particularly the kids. People are seeing that something is happening.”

Areas covered by the plan include: community and facilities; skills, training and jobs; health and well-being; children and young people; built environment and open spaces; transport and access; crime and community safety.

According to Ms Ireland’s report more than £150,000 of funding has already been secured and other sources of funding are being applied for.

Today’s meeting of the Central Urban Area Committee is due to begin at 7pm.