The Scarborough News

Work starts on South Cliff Gardens renovation project

‘New facilities will sit sensitivel­y alongside the restored heritage features’

- By Lyndsey Young lyndsey.young@jpimedia.co.uk @thescarbor­onews

Major restoratio­n work has started on Scarboroug­h’s South Cliff Gardens, thanks to National Lottery players.

The restoratio­n project, that started last week, is jointly funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, and aims to preserve the gardens’ unique heritage and improve them in a way that will reconnect them with today’s residents and visitors, in the same way that the original gardens did more than 100 years ago.

Cllr Tony Randerson, Scarboroug­h Borough Council cabinet member for Neighbourh­oods, and Cllr Jim Grieve, Scarboroug­h Borough Council cabinet member for quality of life, said: “We are delighted that work to restore these wonderful heritage gardens, which hold a very special place in the hearts of generation­s of residents and visitors, gets underway this week.

“Together with our previous multi-million scheme to stabilise the cliffs, this exciting project will reignite people’s love for the gardens and make them more accessible for all.

“New facilities will sit sensitivel­y alongside restored heritage features, which will ensure the gardens’ importance in Scarboroug­h’s history is kept alive and relevant for many more decades to come.”

The work will be completed in four stages, starting with the constructi­on of the new community building, which local people have affectiona­tely named ‘Beeforth’s Hive’ after George Lord Beeforth

who was intrumenta­l in shaping the gardens.

The next three stages will involve work such as the restoratio­n of the Clock Tower and Italian steps. The final stage will be the reopening of the tunnel under the cliff lift and the constructi­on of a new play area.

The whole project is due to be completed in April 2022 when the local community group is looking forward to hosting an open event.

The council was awarded a grant of £4,665,700 towards the cost of the project by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Community Fund as part of their Parks for People joint initiative, and has itself contribute­d £2,041,000.

This was added to money generously raised by the local South Cliff community and ‘in kind’ contributi­ons to complete the funding of the £7.158m project.

David Auton, Chair of the South Cliff Community Group, said: “Members of the South Cliff Community group and all local residents and visitors will be delighted to hear that works on the South Cliff Gardens are at last about to start.

“After many months of uncertaint­y in difficult times, this news will shine a light for everyone.

“We will all take enormous pleasure watching the various phases, in the knowledge that the efforts we put in during the fundraisin­g stages have created what is truly a community based project.”

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