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Flamingo Land Withdraws Interest In Scarborough Futurist Site

Chief Executive Gordon Gibb has sent This Is The Coast a statement, after Scarborough Borough Council Leader Steve Siddons updated councillors on the progress of the site on Monday.

In the council meeting, Cllr Siddons said Scarborough Borough Council was continuing to work with Flamingo Land on proposals for the former Futurist site but COVID had slowed down progress.

Now, responding directly to our article published on Tuesday, Flamingo Land Chief Executive Gordon Gibb has sent us this statement:

"Flamingo Land has not discussed our plans for the Futurist with Cllr. Siddons since shortly after he became Council Leader a number of years ago.

Unlike the other Council representatives (employed and elected) that had shared Flamingo Land's dream to deliver a world class entertainment facility to Scarborough, the new leader (Siddons) was not engaged, seemed dismissive and has never made contact with us since.

Cllr. Siddons' recent comments regarding the Scarborough Councils continuing work with Flamingo Land on proposals for the former Futurist site could not be further from the truth.  I have spoken directly to The Council and told them that we will not work with Scarborough Council on our development plans with the Council as it is currently structured.  We do not believe they have the understanding, knowledge, energy or imagination to make this project happen.  

Reluctantly the Company has withdrawn its interest in Scarborough as a direct consequence which is, on a personal level devastating as I was brought up in Scarborough and looked forward to bringing a world class attraction to the town creating jobs, careers and prosperity for the area which would have undoubtedly followed".

In response to Mr Gibb's statement Scarborough Borough Council issued a statement in which Council leader Steve Siddons Said:

“While we have been in discussions with Flamingo Land as our preferred bidder for some time, there has never been a formal legal agreement between us for the site.

"Flamingo Land is therefore at liberty to withdraw its interest in developing the site at any time.  

"Flamingo Land's decision opens up opportunities with alternative investors and we will continue to work up acceptable proposals.

"It is important to ensure whatever is eventually built on the site is appropriate for the location and adds value to the town."


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