Rediscovered Scarborough

Town centres are failing. Ours is doing ok but is drab and quickly losing the uniqueness that could make it a real tourism draw. so…

1. Restore all buildings to original period frontages enhancing the heritage feel of the town. Make grants available to landlords to enable this to happen. Where buildings have been replaced with structures that have little architectural merit, think of creative uses for the frontage (huge murals, giant photographs, sculptural frontages – things people will photograph and put on social media building scarborough’s unique reputation – a mix of heritage & innovation).

2. Emply the local creative community to reimagine the town centre. Fill it with music, art, sculpture, peformances. Give reasons for people to come and spend money here. Build a reputation as a vibrant entertaining town centre.

3. Put empty premises to creative uses. Pop-up art galleries, craft fairs, theatres, gig venues, creative hubs.

Result: a town centre worth visiting.

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12 comments on “Rediscovered Scarborough

  1. reposted from above – as some text was missing when I checked:
    When my idea of a beautiful tree lined avenue, (westborough) with zoned village green areas, stretching from the Brunswick to the top of Blands Cliff is realised,
    people will want to live in the flats above the shops because their beautiful balconies will over look the tree lined squares and they will do their shopping at the market.
    They will be a stones throw/stroll from the beach via the new Blands Cliff gardens and play area.

  2. Apologies for above repetition on toilets. The first two took a little while to appear hence I thought they had been lost. The sentiment remains the same though.

    Other comments all excellent, let’s hope SBC are listening.

  3. A first class tourism destination needs to get the fundamentals right.

    The demolition and closures of toilets is not consistent with SBC’s hope that our town will become a leading tourism destination.

    The need to cut costs is understood, but the decimation of this vital service has gone too far and needs to be revisited.

    The infrastructure exists and whilst some toilets are pretty poor, they are better than the alternative.

    SBC, whilst we are waiting for the new investment in toilets as recently reported, accept there is a need now, so please respect the needs of the community and re-open some asap.

  4. The decimation of toilet provision in Scarborough is a worrying sign of the disconnection between SBC and the needs of the community and tourism. Promises have been made re a revitalisation of this vital service. As with the promises on a much needed Cinema, best not to hold our collective breath.

    The “ Best resort in the country” pledge as recently reported is a laudable concept. To achieve it will require a change of direction, progressive thinking and the capacity for people to answer the call of nature at the very least.

    In the meantime, York (Vangarde Park) and Bridlington (Town centre redevelopment) marches on….

  5. Scarborough needs a massive scrubbing brush!! eg I had to walk in to W.h Smith’s the other day and complain about the filthy ditched in dirt all over the entrance doors and window frames also the dirty cash machine outside absolutely disgusting!!! That’s only one building there are hundreds more like it inside and out!!! In fact it looks like a dumping ground for rubbish all over the place dog excrement all over the place!! vomit especially at weekends all over the place horrible!! more graffiti appearing!! smashed shop windows all over the place!! Rubbish bags all over the place!! Yobs all over the place!!
    To scared to go out in evenings in town If there’s any where to go!!! I,ve got plenty more to say but have not got the time and patience!!

  6. We need to have attractions worth visiting (not just pop up art displays in empty shops). We are sick of waiting for a decent cinema. The seafront is tired looking and outdated. Heritage museums, top class fish restaurants and more family restaurants (the old hospital is currently wasted space)

    1. Why can’t the empty properties in the town centre be used to house people who are in need of a home, turn them into flats!! I have often wondered why the old hospital was never utilised to its fullest, the arcades need a revamp, looking at them the other day there were lights out and most look like they need a lick-of-paint. Beaches used to be combed every morning but nowadays that does not seem to happen so much. Eastborough needs some form of investment to make the buildings and the road look appealing, especially as this leads to the beach and town centre.

  7. Sensible ideas would make a difference- the starting point has to be getting people actually living in the town centre – all that empty space above the shops , when it was full of local businesses their families lived above .
    You can’t go there now and buy sausages , vegetables , fresh fish, local cheese and many other things – there are a few specialist shops reappearing and they need adding to .
    Pop up restaurants, bars , ice cream and dessert bars will bring people back in the late afternoon and evenings

    1. when my idea of a beautiful tree lined avenue, with zoned village green areas, stretching from the Brunswick to the top of Blands Cliff is realised, people will want to live in the flats above the shops because their beautiful balconies will over look the tree lined squares and they will do their shopping at the market. They will be a stones throw/stroll from the beach via the new Blands Cliff gardens and play area.

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