£20m plan for resort town to be sent to Government

A £20m development plan for Scarborough, shaped by residents, businesses and community organisations, is to set to be sent to the Government in the next few weeks.

A total of 55 towns across England, Scotland and Wales are to receive funding as part of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) initiative.

The money can be used for reviving town centres, regeneration, promoting heritage and culture and addressing safety and security concerns. Improving transport and connectivity are also key considerations.

Next Tuesday, the Scarborough plan will come before a meeting of North Yorkshire Council’s executive, where members will be asked to agree a series of proposals to enable it to be submitted to the Government by 1 August.

North Yorkshire Council has been consulting with the public and working with the Scarborough Town Board to develop a 10-year vision document and three-year plan for investment.

The area covered by the plan runs from Eastfield and Cayton to the south of the main town and up to Newby and Scalby in the north.

The vision focuses on a number of measures that can be delivered within the town centre including further redevelopment of the Scarborough Station area in Westborough, improving the appearance of the town centre and inclusion of more public spaces.

Executive member for open to business, Councillor Mark Crane, said: “This is a hugely significant plan for Scarborough and a great deal of work has gone into getting it to this stage.

“We are very grateful for the input of the Scarborough Town Board and the invaluable contribution from people living in and around the town who have helped inform the process to this point.

“Obviously, there is now a new government in place at Westminster, but we are confident ministers will understand the importance of this funding to the future of Scarborough.”

Chair of the Scarborough Town Board, David Kerfoot, added: “Given the tight timetable imposed by Government, the board and wider team have worked extremely hard to get our submission to this stage.

“Consultation has been extensive, and we are grateful for this vital input. This will be of huge benefit to Scarborough and while there is much more work to be done, I am confident we can make a difference on the ground where it really matters.”

The regeneration plan should build on previous investment in Scarborough, including the Green Construction Skills Village and more than £500,000 in funding that is transforming the town’s cricket ground in North Marine Road.