Scarborough town hall stays in use as residents are asked for their views

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The future of Scarborough’s historic Town Hall still hangs in the balance after councillors chose to delay the decision over its proposed relocation to allow residents to have their say.

Scarborough Borough Council was due to decide yesterday whether to agree to push ahead with controversial plans that will see the authority move out of the grade II listed building on St Nicholas Street, which it has occupied for more than a century.

But councillors chose to stave off their final decision after a new recommendation was tabled at the last minute following major concerns the decision was being rushed through.

The Yorkshire Post revealed last week that the council had unveiled proposals to relocate to a new site in order to free up the town hall for redevelopment as part of wider multi-million pound plans to regenerate the town centre and seafront.

The authority was given just under a week to decide whether to accept a £3m offer from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) which will be used to buy the new site, in exchange for an equity share in the redevelopment of the Futurist and town hall sites, which could be carried out sooner as a result.

By agreeing to back the new option, which will see the council accept the money in principle, the proposal will now go out to public consultation and a final decision will be reached in July.

Councillor Janet Jefferson, whose ward includes the town hall site, said: “The fact it was all done so quickly upset so many people that this is what the council has decided to do. At the moment we have saved our town hall.”