Stadium site demolition approved

The derelict football stadium
The derelict football stadium

COUNCILLORS have given the green light to a plan outlining the method of demolition of Scarborough’s derelict football stadium.

Scarborough Council’s planning committee agreed with the plan which will see the complete demolition and clearance of the ground – including four stands and the club house.

Karen Lawton, one of the council’s planning officers, said the project would take four weeks and it would also involve the removal of bottles buried at the site.

Cllr Godfrey Allanson agreed that a condition outlining the correct disposal of waste should be enforced. He added: “We’ve had recent problems elsewhere and condition 4.6 should be strongly enforced – especially if there is a sub contractor.”

But Cllr Nick Brown said he was concerned about the work beginning at 7am. He said: “7am is a little early. I’d have liked to have seen it start a little later in the morning.”

But Ms Lawton said that the contractor had originally wanted to carry out the work on Saturdays and the proposed arrangement was a compromise.

Cllr Martin Smith said that it was a good move because it would “pave the way” for better sports facilities in the area.

And Cllr Jane Mortimer, the committee chairman, added: “The sooner it’s done the better because of the number of people who are getting onto that site.”

The report stated that all machinery would be delivered via two HGVs at the start, with a further four HGVs returning to transport the east and west stands to Featherstone Rovers RUFC, which bought the structures.

It also promised that steps would be taken to reduce adverse effects of dust and noise.

The stadium, formerly known as the McCain stadium, was home to Scarborough FC until 2007 when the club went out of business.

It has since fallen into disrepair and has been derelict ever since after being targeted by vandals and trespassers.