AN HISTORIC Scarborough sporting pavilion on the site of a proposed housing development has been awarded listed building status.
The near-century-old tennis pavilion at Filey Road Sports and Tennis Centre has been given Grade II listing by English Heritage.
Members of the centre’s Health and Fun Committee applied for the listing after it was announced the centre, along with the Seamer Road football stadium, would be sold off to help fund the proposed sports village at the former Weaponness Valley Park and Ride site.
The listing means if plans to turn the centre into a housing development are approved, the pavilion will almost certainly remain.
Chris Bourne, Scarborough Borough Council’s Projects Manager, said the council had expected the committee to apply for listing and the news wouldn’t affect plans for either site.
He added: “We did anticipate the listed status and the original planning brief made it clear that there’s a need to retain the existing building. All the bidders took this into account when putting together their proposals.”
If the proposals go ahead, Scarborough Civic Society Chairman Adrian Perry believes the pavilion could be used as something such as a community centre. And he still hopes the council will have a u-turn, and that the pavilion, which has hosted legends such as Fred Perry, will still be used for its original purpose.
He said: “This should be the sports centre for Scarborough. If they want to build a football ground that’s one thing but they have beautiful tennis courts and facilities already in place.
“The council say that there are issues with the showers and bathrooms, but when I have a problem with that in my house I just call a plumber to fix it. I don’t knock my house down.
“The council don’t advertise that the centre is there, and they don’t market it well enough, which is a shame as it has everything that the town really needs already.”