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

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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

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