It's Not Over Yet

In fact this is really only the start - the start of making the 'Argos Site' something that the people of Scarborough Want and Need. With the proposed planning application rejected in early December, it is expected that an appeal will be made to try and push these abhorrent plans through once again. This can't be allowed to happen - a massive block with retail units and accommodation that will be a struggle to fill, all with no parking provision for those that it is intended to house. This is definitely not what Scarborough needs - don't believe the hype - see here for a real example of a student accommodation build and the troubles caused.

Things are happening - stay with us in 2022 and we will strive to get what is right for Scarborough and its people.

Planning Application Rejected

The Planning Committee met at The Spa 9th December 2021 to consider the Argos site development. Whilst this was not a public meeting, the public were allowed in the gallery.

A dull recital of the plans accompanied with slides was endured. The councillors then listened to two public speakers, the first a spokesperson from Wrenbridge and Buccleuch who arrogantly dismissed the public objections with contempt. Councillor Bill Chatt who was disgusted by the speech and found it emotionally blackmailing and “totally wrong” and not professional.

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Leader Declined Request to Attend Meeting

Cllr Steve Siddons has declined and will not be attending the ARGOS DEVELOPMENT – PRESENTATION TO THE CWTRA this evening.

Read his response and our subsequent reply asking for the Deputy to attend - in full here.

Deputy Leader of Council Asked to Attend Meeting

Following an auto-response from Cllr Steve Siddons stating "I am currently away from my office due to illness" a further email has been sent to Deputy Leader Liz Colling asking for her attendance at the Castle Ward Residents and Tenants Association meeting tomorrow, Tuesday 23 Nov 2021  at Scarborough Library, so that she can engage with the resident's views first hand. Read the full email here.

Leader of Council Asked to Attend Meeting

Cllr Steve Siddons has been sent an email (undersigned by several notable names) asking for his attendance at the Castle Ward Residents and Tenants Association meeting on Tuesday 23 Nov 2021  at Scarborough Library, so that he can engage with the resident's views first hand. Read the full email here.

Public Meeting 23rd November

SBC Presentation of plans for Argos site.

6.30pm
Tuesday
23rd November
Scarborough Library

 

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Ex SBC Planners Object - How Can They Be Wrong?

Whilst SBC appear to have been contacting previous objectors and subsequently uploading the comments to their planning site, many seem to be buried deep in the ever-increasing list of comments. Now owing to the fact that the planning site is offline this weekend we felt that this particular comment/letters should be highlighted - after all, being ex-planners, these surely can be nothing but valid comments? Read here in full.

Concerns From Sir & Lady Ayckbourn

Sir Alan and Lady Ayckbourn today have written to the Planning Officer in charge of the proposed Argos development, expressing concerns that "not only will the proposed building be one storey higher than the existing building – it will be filled with shoe boxes for two hundred people. Parking???"

View the full letter here.

Live Debate - Challenge to SBC

A request to the Leader of SBC for a live, public debate has been made

 

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We Have 'No Axe To Grind'

We just want what is right for Scarborough

In fairness and balance we show the images below:

WHAT WE WANT WHAT SBC WANT
market square oct 2021 view from west
From the Scarborough Renaissance Charter
'Kissing Sleeping Beauty'
The Scarborough Council
Proposed Plans

 

We feel the image of the 'market square' says it all (from the Renaissance Charter 'Kissing Sleeping Beauty'): an open space for all, providing views of our heritage and showing the marvellous historic structures of Scarborough Market Hall and Boyes dept. store - both of which are currently hidden behind the Argos building and will continue to be hidden under the proposed plans. The 'market' square would encourage locals and visitors to that part of town and provide a place to unwind in a welcoming environmental space and could could play host to outdoor activities, small events and more (a certain fayre springs to mind) thus even allowing potential income for the council without the need of yet another residential/retail block.

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Complaint & Media Statement

Released Today

Formal Complaint 27 Oct 2021
by James Corrigan
Media Statement 27 Oct 2021
by Scarborough Borough Council
Formal Complaint 27 Oct 2021 Leader statement re proposals for former Argos building. 27 10 21

Click/tap to read the documents in full

Public Outrage

Leaflet distributed today in the Old Town:

 cllr jefferson appeal poster  public outrage

An appeal has been made.
Councillors were invited to the
Public Meeting19th Oct 2021.
None attended.

 Reprinted below.

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