Cluster is still ‘linked together’

PARISH councils across the southern area of the borough will continue in a new ‘cluster’ agreement - despite Filey Town Council rejecting the deal.

Councillors in Filey last week unanimously voted to walk away from the partnership, citing frustrations with the apparent benefits of the scheme.

The southern parish ‘cluster’ includes councils in Cayton, Gristhorpe and Lebberston, Hunmanby, Muston, Osgodby, Reighton and Speeton and Folkton and Flixton.

Scarborough Council - who agreed to support councils with advice on how to spend pooled funds - said the remaining members would carry on.

A spokesperson said: “The parish councils have organised themselves into a group so that together they can act as a consultative body and pool funds to pursue shared objectives.

“The Southern Area Committee of Scarborough Council were impressed by this initiative and agreed to support it by providing advice upon how the parish councils may put in place a legal agreement to enable them to spend the pooled funds.

“Scarborough Council also agreed to delegate its budget to the Southern Area Cluster to support the initiative.

“The majority of parishes have agreed to enter into the agreement, however, Filey Town Council have decided at this time they no longer wish to be involved.

“The Monitoring Officer for the Filey Town Council was invited to attend the town council meeting to help inform the debate.”