£1.2m package of improvements for Scarborough's most deprived postcode area

One of Scarborough’s most deprived areas is set to benefit from more than £1m in regeneration funding.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Saturday, 2nd May 2020, 10:08 am
Updated Saturday, 2nd May 2020, 10:10 am

Scarborough Borough Council’s cabinet will be asked to approve a package of community support for residents in Eastfield when they meet later this month.

If approved, it would see £1.2 million invested in five areas of work as part of the wider Eastfield regeneration programme.

The package of support includes:

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Eastfield is to receive a package of support

£200, 000 worth of improvements to Eastfield High Street and a new Halfway Park for use by local families for recreational use.

£150,000 to improve health and wellbeing with a focus on vulnerable members of the community and those who find themselves social excluded.

£212,000 to promote employment, voluntary activity and business opportunities in Eastfield and the wider area. It is hoped match-funding of another £212,000 will boost the investment in this area of work to more than £400,000.

£150,000 in grants to encourage local community groups and organisations to come up with innovative regeneration ideas.

£240,000 to support young people and families to help realise their potential with a focus on health and wellbeing through pre and post-school clubs, healthy eating, sport and performing arts.

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The package of support has been developed jointly by the council and the Eastfield regeneration partnership, PACT, and a range of partner organisations.

The PACT wanted the council’s regeneration effort to focus on people and place and that has helped shape the support package to be considered by cabinet.

More than £3 million has been set aside for investment in Eastfield. The money is from the sale of council-owned land for housing.

Cabinet will also be asked to review the Eastfield and Scarborough South masterplan which was finalised in April.

This includes proposals for 5,000 homes, investment opportunities linked to the expansion of Scarborough Business Park, highway improvements, and moving and expanding the Construction Skills village.

Cllr Liz Colling, the cabinet member for Inclusive Growth, said: “We’ve listened very carefully to the residents of Eastfield and have worked with them through the PACT to develop this package of support. It is a fantastic example of a community-led, grassroots regeneration programme.

“It will bring numerous benefits, not least in improvements to the local area, a boost to health and wellbeing, and it will open up new job and training opportunities for local residents.

“If approved by Cabinet on May 12, we are ready to go and start to build Eastfield back better.”

Eastfield Cllr Tony Randerson, and cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, added: “This is a significant milestone in the work to regenerate Eastfield.

“We’ve been working closely with the local community for several years to get to this point and I am delighted we now have a proposed first package of support in place.

“If approved, this will make a significant difference to people in my ward. The good people of Eastfield truly deserve this long-awaited regeneration work.”

The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) in September 2019 listed Eastfield as Scarborough’s most deprived postcode.

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