Calls for big response to halt the destruction of yet more heritage
Dismay grows as borough council offers up South Cliff public space ‘gem’ to highest bidders
All of Scarborough is being urged to help combat attempts that would eradicate part of the town’s special heritage and green space. A packed meeting at South Cliff Bowling Green clubhouse with standing room only heard that Scarborough Borough Council had pushed the one-acre community asset into an extended plan for a pub, retail, hotel and 50 homes – all the way from Weaponess Avenue and along Filey Road.
The historic green, created in 1908, has been added to the marketing of the closed Filey Road sports centre site – which would see the loss of another part of the area’s character, following the closure of the centre and the demolition of Bramcote School.
The number of bowlers has actually increased in recent years – despite allusions by a council officer to the cabinet that numbers are dwindling.
Walkers also use the space, which is a designated conservation area.
“We inherit for future generations and we can keep what we inherit intact or destroy it,” said club chairman Tony Campbell.
“Some others might say that it appears philistine to lose this green site but without due care I do think it is fair to say that we would lessen what we have. This site is a little gem.”
He is hoping to set up a meeting with council chief executive Jim Dillon, and council leader Cllr Derek Bastiman, to get the bowling area removed from the widened sell-off of the area to developers but will meet local councillors first.
John Rowlands, club committee member, said: “If you throw away heritage, what is the point of anything? Architect Edwin Cooper and old borough engineer Harry Smith would be shocked.”
The club is adorned with pennants from dozens of visiting clubs from around the country including Tottenham, Alnwick, Sunderland, Chelmsford and many more. Other South Cliff community groups are also concerned.
Scarborough Council wants to hawk around the South Cliff bowling club greenery for a pub and store, even though it is a highly-regarded conservation area