THE demolition of York’s former Peasholme Centre will be debated tomorrow night.

The opposition Labour group on City of York Council claim the former hostel, in Peasholme Green, was knocked down prematurely, before possible alternative uses had been explored.

The centre was flattened following the move to new premises in Fishergate – but Labour saId the old building could have been given a new community or business use.

The move to Fishergate was originally to make way for the council’s planned move to new headquarters at Hungate, which was shelved.

Coun Brian Watson, who will propose a motion tomorrow condemning the demolition of the building, said: “We appreciate the site is proposed to form part of a larger area for development in the longer term, but until that time the former hostel could have been accommodating any number of different groups, from scouts to schools.”