Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Lidl Announces Plans For New Store on Site of Former McCain Stadium

German discount supermarket chain Lidl have announced plans to build a new store in Scarborough, on the site of the former McCain Stadium.

Lidl will reveal details of the planned new foodstore at a consultation event next month at Falsgrave Community Resource Centre on Seamer Road.

The event will take place on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 February alongside an exhibition of the proposed designs for the new Scarborough leisure village.

Representatives from Scarborough Council and Lidl will be on hand to answer questions and collect feedback and details will also be available on the council's website from Wednesday 4 February.

Lidl has grown consistently since establishing itself in the UK in 1994. Today the company has over 610 stores in England, Scotland and Wales and employs over 16,000 people. The new Scarborough store is expected to create up to 30 full and part time positions.

This development is one of the enabling sites which will help fund the new Scarborough leisure village.

Cllr Tom Fox, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said:

"We are holding this public consultation at Falsgrave Community Resource Centre so that the consultation is conducted within easy reach of the communities that are directly affected by the proposal at the former football ground."

A spokesperson for Lidl added:

"Today we are very excited to announce plans for a new Lidl Foodstore on the site of the former Scarborough Football Stadium."

"The proposed store will have a sales area of 1286m2 and a dedicated in store bakery allowing us to stock our full range of fantastic bakery products. A free customer car park with 99 spaces is proposed and we predict that the store will create up to 30 full and part time positions."

Developers Wrenbridge Land Ltd and Lidl will use the feedback gained from the consultation to form part of the formal planning applications for the site, which is due to be submitted to the council's planning department by the end of February for consideration.

Main image: McCain Stadium Gates by Me677 - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

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REVEALED: Latest Leisure Village Designs Including New Football Stadium to be Revealed to Public

Scarborough Leisure Village Designs

The latest designs for Scarborough's new Leisure Village will be revealed next month at a public consultation.

The objective of the event, which will take place at Falsgrave Community Resource Centre on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 February, is to encourage public feedback about the new leisure village which is to be developed on Weaponness coach park.

Members of the public will be able to 'drop-in' from 4pm until 8pm on the Friday and from 10am until 2.30pm on the Saturday to view the designs which include a 25m swimming pool and a new community football stadium - the new home of Scarborough Athletic Football Club.

Representatives from Scarborough Borough Council, developers Wrenbridge Land Ltd, planning consultants Indigo Planning and Scarborough Athletic Football Club will be on hand to provide information, answer questions and collect feedback.

People living in the vicinity of the site will also receive an invitation to attend the event, along with a leaflet about the plans and the community groups that have been involved in the earlier stages of the planning.

The information will also be available on the council's website from Wednesday 4 February until Friday 20 February.

Cllr Tom Fox, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said:

"We are holding this public consultation at Falsgrave Community Resource Centre so that the consultation is conducted within easy reach of the communities that are directly affected by the proposal at Weaponness."

"I know that the people of Scarborough have been very patient during the earlier stages of the planning for the leisure village and football stadium and will be looking forward to seeing the latest designs for the site."

"I'm therefore expecting a bumper attendance at the exhibition days and lots of people wanting to take part in the consultation. This is your chance to give your opinions on the designs and help shape how the iconic facilities, which will eventually be used by the whole community, will look."

Peter Jarman, Managing Director of Wrenbridge Land Limited, said:

“We are very pleased to now be able to bring forward our proposals for Scarborough leisure village, which will provide a state of the art sports and leisure facility and community stadium for Scarborough.”

Wrenbridge will use the feedback gained from the consultation to form part of the formal planning application for the new leisure village, which is due to be submitted to the council's planning department for consideration by the end of February.

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Have Your Say: Council Launches Seagull Survey

Herring Gull Scarborough

Following last weeks announcement that a 'Seagull Task Force' had been set up to look into the problems being caused by seagulls, residents and businesses are now been asked to give their opinions via an online survey.

Arranged by the council’s Overview and Scrutiny task group, the survey seeks to gather feedback on the problems associated with herring gulls and kittiwakes along the Yorkshire coast, following increasing concerns about the birds.

The objective of the review is to identify practical, effective, affordable and sustainable measures to reduce the nuisance caused by seagulls. The survey also includes information about legal restrictions that apply to the control of both species.

A statement released by the council today however was at pains to say that any solutions must be cost effective due to financial constraints and that the council will need the support of other local organisations as they cannot alleviate this problem on their own.

Cllr Godfrey Allanson, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Task Group said:

"We know the problems associated with herring gulls and kittiwakes are very topical with many local residents and businesses.  We are therefore very keen to gather information from those people about the problems they encounter with the two different species. This information is crucial to allow us to build up a detailed picture of how our coastal communities are affected and in turn, help inform what solutions could be introduced to lessen the problems."

To take part in the survey visit or contact the council's Policy and Performance team on 01723 232323 or by email to request a printed copy.

The survey is open until Tuesday 17 February.

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Scarborough Market Hall to Get £2.7m Makeover Including On-Line Shopping Facility

Scarborough Market Halls

The Coastal Communities Fund today announced that the £2.7 million bid to transform Scarborough’s Market Hall has been successful.

The application for funds was made by the Regeneration team at Scarborough Borough Council and the Business School at the Scarborough Campus of University of Hull.

Cllr Derek Bastiman, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning said:

"This is the beginning of a new era for the Market Hall and will inject some confidence, not only into the lovely old building, but the excellent businesses we have trading in there."

"We will be in a position to attract more traders into the area creating more jobs and better opportunities. We aim to regenerate old crafts and intend to see apprentice bakers and butchers once more working in the area."

Cllr Bill Chatt, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Housing added:

"This investment will not only make a massive difference for our residents in the historic old town, but bring new life to the area, which will attract people from all over the town. It will go even further and become a destination for visitors from others parts of the borough and beyond."

The Scarborough Campus of the University of Hull has been part of the project from the outset. It is developing an on-line shopping facility for the Market Hall, which will enable market traders to sell their produce via the internet with the customer looking at just one website and making a single payment, even if they are purchasing from several shops.

The interior of the Market Hall will look dramatically different with a new mezzanine floor running round three sides of the building, housing new food operators and business units whilst the existing stalls will be replaced with more modern units.

David Kelly, Scarborough Borough Council Economic Development Manager said:

"The Market Hall will be dramatically different from how it is now and will be a great example of a 21st Century market. We want to provide a better place for our existing businesses, an exciting place for new traders to move to or start up in and a great destination for shoppers and diners."

Mark Nockels, a butcher in the Market Hall for two generations was delighted with the announcement and said:

"This is the best news we have had for ages. We are a long standing trader in here and this sort of investment and confidence in the market will be great for us all."

Work will start this summer on the exterior of the building and inside early next year with a target completion date in the summer of 2016.

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

North Yorkshire is One of The Safest Places to Live in The Country

Police Van in Snow

A national crime report, published on 22 January 2015, has confirmed that North Yorkshire is one of the safest places in England to live, work and visit.

Chief Constable Dave Jones said:

"North Yorkshire Police is continuing to perform very well and it is reassuring that our area remains one of the very safest and low-crime locations in the whole of England. I can't thank our officers and staff enough for their outstanding dedication."

"It is encouraging that there is a greater reporting of crimes in the areas of domestic violence and sexual offences. The marginal increase is also a reflection of our proactivity, with Scarborough an example of this in relation to targeting drug offences."

"Together with the Police and Crime Commissioner and through continued effective partnership working across the county and region, we are determined to keep up the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour to ensure our communities are not only safe but feel safe."

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said:

"One of the key markers I have set down is for North Yorkshire Police is to keep our county in the top three safest places in England. I welcome today's figures which show we are indeed the second safest place to live in England, and it is testament to the professionalism of police officers and staff who make it possible."

"But statistics don't tell the whole story. I want to continue to see a rise in reports of domestic and sexual abuse and Hate Crime because it is a signal of greater trust in policing. So whilst this is good news, I will continue to ensure the focus of policing is in providing support for and protecting the most vulnerable people in our community."

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

The Centenary of The Battle of Dogger Bank

SMS Blücher

100 Years ago, on the 24th January 1915, British warships sank a German cruiser of the Yorkshire Coast.

Thanks to decoded radio intercepts the British had advance knowledge of a German raiding squadron heading for Dogger Bank and sent the Royal Navy to intercept it.

The commander of the German squadron was Admiral Franz von Hipper's, who's name that will be familiar to those who know their local history. For it was Admiral Hipper who was the commander of the German squadron that infamously attacked Scarborough 16 December 1914.

Surprised by the Royal Navy, Admiral Hipper fled for home. British commander Admiral Sir David Beatty gave chase. The pursuit lasted for several hours with the British engaging the German squadron with long-range gunfire sinking the rear ship SMS Blücher.

The British didn't come away unscathed however. Their flagship battlecruiser, HMS Lion was badly damaged in the exchanges of fire and had to be towed back to port for repairs.

The Battle of Dogger Bank was considered a British victory, but one that left a sour taste. Admiral Beatty lost 15 crew that day and saw one of the Navy's best cruisers out of action for several months. The Germans lost a ship and most of its crew.

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Thanks Scarborough! Stephen Joseph Theatre to Sell Tickets For Just 60p as Thank You to The Town

Stephen Joseph Theatre 60p Tickets

To celebrate their 60th anniversary year, the Stephen Joseph Theatre are selling tickets for just 60p each!

On 26 January, for one day only, theatre fans will be able to buy tickets to the SJT's celebratory summer season for just 60p.

The sale starts from 10am and tickets will be made available on a first come first served basis. For anyone unable to make it during the day, a further 100 tickets will be released at the later time of 6pm.

A maximum of two 60p tickets per person are available and must be booked in person from the Box Office in Westborough, Scarborough.

There are 60 specially-priced tickets available for both the first preview performance and the official opening night of the five plays on the following dates:

21 & 26 May Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy
19 & 23 June The Woman In Black
9 & 14 July Confusions
6 & 11 August Neville’s Island
4 & 8 September Hero’s Welcome

Artistic Director Chris Monks
SJT Artistic Director Chris Monks
Artistic Director Chris Monks said:

"This is a fantastic opportunity to see some great shows and to celebrate with the Stephen Joseph Theatre in our 60th anniversary year."

"Tickets will be available throughout the day and, whether you love theatre or have never been before, we hope this encourages everyone to come along."

"We could not have reached 60 years without the great support we've received over the years, this is our gift and thank you to the town."

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