A STEERING group to examine the future of Scarborough’s historic Londesborough Lodge has been set up.
The group will explore alternatives to selling the publicly owned building to private developers.
The building, in The Crescent, had been on the market since 2009, but there has been little interest from the private sector.
Cllr Colin Challen, who set up the meeting at which the group was established, said a cultural role for the lodge should be found.
He added: “I am very pleased that we can take this a step further. In the current economic climate it looks unlikely that the council would secure best value for council tax payers by selling it off.
“Having recently looked round the building, it is clear that something has to happen quickly before it is allowed to fall into a state of dereliction.”
Local historian Dr Jack Binns added: “If the term cultural quarter is to become more than an empty pretence, Londesborough Lodge must remain as one of a group of three outstanding public buildings in their setting of open public gardens.”