Further blow in bid to stop demolition of Scarborough Futurist

The interior of Scarborough's Futurist Theatre The interior of Scarborough's Futurist Theatre
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A bid to save Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre from demolition has failed after a High Court judge ruled the council’s decision to tear it down should not be reviewed.

It is the latest in a string of attempts to prevent the now derelict theatre from being demolished, a move voted for by Scarborough councillors in January.

Campaigners trying to save the building subsequently employed a team of solicitors to help try and overturn the decision, in which councillors voted 22 to 21 in favour of demolition.

They were seeking a judicial review into the council’s decision to demolish the building. However a High Court judge has now rejected their bid to bring proceedings against the council, meaning the vote will not be scrutinised.

Following the council’s decision earlier this year to spend £4 million knocking down the former theatre – which has been derelict since 2014 – the campaign attempted to get the building listed in order to stave off demolition. However, the application was rejected.

A message on Save the Futurist Theatre’s campaign page on Facebook said the group would be meeting with its legal team this week.