A daily-turned-weekly is finally saying goodbye to its town centre home after 132 years.
Staff at the Scarborough News yesterday are moving from their historic home in Aberdeen Walk to a business park four miles from the centre of the town.
Owners Johnston Press have sold the building and are leasing the new premises at Newchase Court on Scarborough Business Park, which is owned by Crown Properties (Scarborough) Ltd.
Advertising staff at the paper moved to the new base yesterday with editorial staff due to follow shortly.
Scarborough News editor Ed Asquith said: “The new office will provide a much better environment for journalists, with a better reception and with parking for visitors which we don’t offer now.
“There will be much faster digital speeds and presentation rooms for meetings with contacts. We will also have a base for reporters in the town centre.
“There is more work being carried out on the frontage of the new offices. The old building looks engaging but it’s decrepit and simply not fit for purpose.”
The sale of the old building In Aberdeen Walk came after HTFP revealed the regional publisher was looking to raise more than £8m from selling off current and former newspaper offices and ex-print works.
The out-of-town move means reporters will have to make themselves available at specific venues and times to meet the public. In turn the readers have been told it can leave letters and reports at a newsagents near the old building.
However one former journalist told HTFP: “It’s sad because the paper claims to be at the heart of the community, a term which now doesn’t even apply in geographical terms.”