"Demolishing The Futurist Was The Right Thing To Do" – Yorkshire Coast Radio

Posted: July 3, 2017 at 7:40 am

Demolishing Scarborough's Futurist Theatre was the right thing to do.

That's the view of the Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, Councillor Derek Bastiman. Last month we told about the recent decision by a High Court judge not to allow a case against the borough council, brought by campaigners from the Save the Futurist Group trying to save the venue.

The campaign group was also told to pay costs to the borough council of 10,000. The group wanted a judicial review into the council's decision to demolish the building, which was decided back in January.

Derek said:

"The outcome was what I expected because I believe that this authority has done everything in a correct, right and proper manner.

In fact the Ombudsman found in our favour that everything had been done in the right manner.

So I don't mind this authority being taken to court because I know, through the legal advice that we obtained, we did everything right and proper.

There was a lot of opposition, but by the same token, I got and still get some horrible emails and letters addressed to me.

They have no sense of decency whatsoever. They've accused me and others of doing all kinds of things.

I have always done what I think is fair and right, and I think the decision to demolish the Futurist was right. "

Listen to Derek's interview with Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke below:

The judicial review was lodged in April, and the Save the Futurist Campaign Group becameSave The Futurist Theatre (Scarborough) Ltd.

They were tasked with raising 10,000 in order to fund legal services and a further 6,000 to cover specialist legal advice.

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