Plans put in for casino on arcade site

Businessman James Corrigan is again seeking outline planning permission to demolish Corrigan’s Amusements in Foreshore Road.

Mr Corrigan wants approval from Scarborough Council to pull down the arcade, known as Coney Island, and replace it with a casino, amusements and residential use.

Mr Corrigan said: „I obtained outline permission two and a half years ago. The permission runs out after three years so I have put in exactly the same plan again.“

Mr Corrigan said that in the future the Government planned to allocate permits for one super-casino and several small or medium scale casinos.
„If Scarborough gets one of those, I want a potential developer to have a choice of site for one.

„‚At the moment the only other new casino could be on The Sands site in the North Bay.

„I wouldn’t sell the amusement arcade, which my father built up, and give someone else the keys.

„However, I would consider selling the site for a casino if the price was right.“

The Coney Island building was built in 1859 by the Scarborough Public Bath Company which opened „The Seawater Baths“ fed by a pipe which ran directly from the sea.

The baths were sold in 1920 and the building was later used as an amusement arcade.

Coney Island has been owned by the Corrigan family for approaching half a century.

The late Jimmy Corrigan was put in charge of the business when he was 18 and he ran the amusement arcade until his death four years ago when his son James took over.