View sought on town hall relocation

WHITBY’S taxpayers are to be consulted on the borough council’s plans to move out of the town hall and sell it off.

A consultation period has been launched after it was agreed last month that the SBC would accept £3 million worth of investment from the Homes and Communities Agency.

It will enable the authority to purchase a new “fit for purpose” site and in return the HCA will get an equity share in the redevelopment of the futurist and current town hall sites.

The main site being looked at for the new town hall is the Skipton Building Society headquarters opposite the Morrisons supermarket at Eastfield.

The consultation, launched on Tuesday until Wednesday 30 May, is open to all residents, businesses and community groups across the borough as well as statutory stakeholders such as trade unions.

Consultation documents include a series of frequently asked questions and a questionnaire for people to complete and aims to give all the important information about the reasons behind the review to enable people to provide informed answers and comments.

More information will be available at a series of events around the borough and the Whitby one is at the Northern Area Committee meeting at Sneaton Castle on Tuesday 22 May at 7pm.

Jim Dillon, Scarborough Borough Council’s Chief Executive said: “The consultation documentation has been developed in full agreement with our councillor steering group and we have been very keen to set out the reasons for the accommodation review in a way that presents people with both sides of the debate.

“I encourage anyone who has an interest in how their council should operate in the future or in the future of Scarborough town centre, to take part in the consultation and ensure their voice is heard. All the responses we receive will be put forward to our councillors to enable them to make an informed decision about how to proceed.”

The outcome of the consultation will be brought before the council’s Cabinet on 17 July, followed by a subsequent report to Full Council for final decision making on 20 July.

Meanwhile, consultation on the type of development that could be considered acceptable in planning terms on the Town Hall, King Street and Futurist sites, has been extended to Wednesday 30 May to give residents more time to comment.