Flamingo Land plan “would be a game changer”

A futuristic tourist attraction will be built on the former Futurist site on Scarborough seafront, if plans submitted to the council reach fruition.

The authority has asked for an environmental impact assessment to be carried out, before Flamingo Land makes a full formal application. 

The company is planning a public consultation to give the public chance to comment on the proposals and ask questions. Feedback and suggestions will be used to help shape the full application before it is submitted to the council.

Flamingo Land is “committed to creating a new, exciting family attraction in Scarborough and we are looking forward to sharing these plans with the public”, says chief executive Gordon Gibb.

A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes in preparation for the application to be submitted. Technical surveys have been carried out, in particular to assess the suitability of the slope at the back of the development area. Talks are taking place with ride manufacturers and specialist engineers are assessing the safety and installation aspects.

Council leader Derek Bastiman said: “The proposed transformation of the former Futurist site into a state-of-the-art and extremely high-quality attraction that exceeds the aspirations of today’s families would be a game changer for the south bay, Scarborough and indeed the whole of the Yorkshire coast”.

* Nearby residents and businesses are to be spared the noise and vibrations of further piling work at the site, as the builders have decided it is no longer necessary.

The company’s engineers say no further piling work is required and the site is now stabilised.

Willmott Dixon have filled the area behind the piles, four of which stood higher than the others and were due to be hammered further into the ground. They will now be cut off so the piles are all at the same height.