Council accused of ‘sham’ talks
SBC still including greenery in sell-off as members condemn ‘consultation’
Scarborough Council is undertaking a ‘sham’ consultation in a move to sell part of the town’s heritage, says a group that wants the plan to be withdrawn.
Scarborough Council has been accused of a ‘sham’ consultation in its moves to sell off parts of South Cliff ’s Victorian-Edwardian heritage.
Despite huge reaction, the council has not withdrawn its plan to replace thriving South Cliff Bowls Club and its acre of greenery with a pub-hotel and car park.
It says that any concerns can be raised during the planning application stage.
But a lack of trust in the council among club members has led chairman Tony Campbell to say: “As the site has not been withdrawn from the selloff, members feel that it is all a foregone conclusion and that any consultation is unlikely to change things.” Other members said: “The council is just going through the motions in a ‘consultation’.”
The council originally highlighted that the club was declining, when the opposite is true, and members at a public meeting expressed fury at the short consultation period prior to the council marketing the site to bidders.
The club nominated itself as an Asset of Community Value under section 91 of the Localism Act in act of selfprotection, and it has just received notice that the listing has been accepted.
Mr Campbell said: “Notice of the decision to include the club as an asset can only help in people’s understanding of the intrinsic worth of the club.” He added that it was ironic as the council administers and maintains the list, although listing was also done in regard to Whitby Tourist Information centre – which no longer exists.
The popular group, in a tranquil conservation setting created at the turn of the 20th century, has gathered protest petition forms and received support from people and other groups near and far.
Mr Campbell has said that the actions are an “outrage” because in addition to the loss of the club and its pavilion, the open green is part of South Cliff ’s unique character. The council added the location to its sell-off of the closed Filey Road sports centre site, earmarked for housing.
‘The site has not been withdrawn from the sell-off ’ Tony Campbell