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Scarborough council to 'remain' at town hall

Scarborough Town Hall. Copyright: Betty Longbottom
Image caption The town hall, built in the 1840s, could cost millions to maintain over the next 25 years

Plans to move more than 300 council staff to an out-of-town site have been rejected by Scarborough Borough Council's cabinet.

Council officers had warned that the Victorian town hall was no longer fit for modern-working and suggested moving to a site at Eastfield.

The cabinet instead recommended examining how to bring the town hall up to modern standards.

A final decision will be taken by the full council on 20 July.

The Conservative-run council was told by local authority officers that staying at the town hall, built in the 1840s, could cost the authority more than £5m over the next 25 years.

One option was to move staff and civic functions to the former Skipton Building Society headquarters at Eastfield and redevelop the town centre site.

However, business leaders expressed concerns about the move of 340 workers from a town centre location and the potential impact on the economy.

The cabinet is now recommending a working group be established to set out a strategy for improving the town hall including the upgrade of IT systems.

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