Chalets will be back (but not till 2020)

De­lays to plans be­cause of listed sta­tus of build­ings

The Scarborough News - - FRONT PAGE - by Carl Gav­aghan Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­port­ing Ser­vice news­desk@jpress.co.uk

Scar­bor­ough’s lean­ing chalets are to be re­placed – but won’t be ready un­til Jan­uary 2020.

Scar­bor­ough Coun­cil has ap­pointed a con­trac­tor to man­age the project to de­mol­ish and re­build some of its Grade II listed beach chalets in the South Bay fol­low­ing a land­slip.

The chalets are lean­ing at a 45-de­gree an­gle af­ter a re­tain­ing wall col­lapsed be­hind them in March. At first, it was feared that a ma­jor de­fect in the land may have been the cause, but, fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions, the fail­ure of the wall

was found to be to blame. Ac­cess to the pop­u­lar Clock Café, above the chalets, has also been re­stricted since the in­ci­dent.

Cllr Mike Cockerill, the coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for ma­jor projects, ap­pointed Haskon­ing DHV to de­sign, project man­age and su­per­vise the works to the chalets and re­tain­ing wall.

The ini­tial cost to the coun­cil is £78,000. Due to the com­plex­i­ties of get­ting plan­ning per­mis­sion to de­mol­ish and re­build a listed build­ing, it is not an­tic­i­pated that the chalets will be back in place un­til Jan­uary 2020.

Cllr Cockerill said: “When you are deal­ing with listed build­ings there a lot of hoops to jump through. We also did not want to be do­ing any ma­jor works dur­ing the tourist sea­son. If we can pull [the timescale] for­ward we will look to do so but I have to say it looks un­likely.” The chalets are likely to be de­mol­ished be­fore the 2019 sum­mer sea­son. In­ves­ti­ga­tions into the chalet col­lapse blamed a wet­ter-than-aver­age win­ter for the fail­ure of the wall.

The chalets are cov­ered with green net­ting.

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