More then £200 million is being invested in the north-east town of Scarborough in an attempt to restore the seaside resort to its former popularity.
with 2020 having been set as the target date, local authority plans include a new conference and incentive centre, developments in higher and further education, a new business park expected to generate up to 2,000 new jobs and the provision of broadband wi-fi for the whole town.
On the tourism front, initiatives include a revived harbour area, where derelict and under-used buildings will be transformed into cafes and restaurants. There will also be considerable investment in hotels – with Crown Hotels taking the lead – and the refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Victorian railway building into art studios.
Barra Mac Ruairi, head of renaissance towns and cities, Yorkshire Forward said:
“The harbour project is an excellent example of Scarborough’s renaissance. It’s a beautiful design and will be a real tourist destination.
“There have been many months of hard work by many people to get to this stage and seeing plans beginning to take shape is fantastic. This is a major step forward and we must maintain the momentum to drive the future prosperity of Scarborough.”