Coun­cil ac­cused of ‘sham’ talks

SBC still in­clud­ing green­ery in sell-off as mem­bers con­demn ‘con­sul­ta­tion’

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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

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