Town Hall protest ahead of big meeting

An artist's impression of the Town Hall sale
An artist's impression of the Town Hall sale
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A PROTEST against the proposed relocation of Scarborough’s Town Hall will take place today.

It will begin at 1pm at the Town Hall to coincide with the full council meeting, where the topic will be debated and voted upon.

The full council meeting is due to begin at 2pm.

Malcolm Short, one of the organisers of the protest, said: “A lot of people feel very strongly about it. We’re concerned about how it’s being rushed. Nobody has been given any say.”

The group’s first meeting was held at the Opera House Casino on Wednesday night. It was there that the plan for the protest was hatched.

Scarborough Council officers have claimed that relocating the Town Hall will be the cheapest option for taxpayers, given the cost of maintaining the ageing building.

It is understood that the council plan to move to the old Scarborough Building Society headquarters building, near Morrisons.

The Town Hall would then be available for a future development.

The Homes and Community Agency has offered £3 million to help the council relocate. In exchange, the agency would receive an equity stake in a joint venture to develop the Town Hall and Futurist sites.

A study estimated that £860,000 is spent by the local authority’s 340 Town Hall-based staff members in town centre shops annually. The local authority claimed a move would have only a “negligible” impact on the economy.