Filey wins the battle for funds

FILEY has been the overwhelming winner in the southern area’s ‘Voice Your Choice’ initiative which let residents decide how a £49,000 funding pot would be spent on local projects.

Eight out of 11 of the projects entered by groups in Filey have been successful while all six of the Eastfield schemes drew a blank.

In addition, two out of four proposals from Hunmanby groups won their bids for funding, while project-backers in Folkton and Flixton, Reighton and Speeton, Muston, Osgodby and Cayton are also celebrating their success.

The most popular bid was Filey Sea Cadets’ appeal for £5,000 towards the cost of replacing the leaking roof on the unit’s headquarters, followed by Filey Cricket Club, who were awarded £1,633.24 towards the purchase of cricket equipment for their juniors, and Filey Sports Partnership, who will get £5,000 to reintroduce public swimming sessions at Filey School pool for at least two hours every Sunday morning throughout this summer.

A spokeswoman for the sea cadets thanked everyone who supported their bid. “Their votes have helped immeasurably in securing the continuation of Filey Sea Cadets, hopefully for another 25 years. This is an enormous boost to our target,” she said.

In total 17 projects received the full amount of funding requested, with one project – Gristhorpe and Lebberston Parish Council’s bid to install a new roundabout on the Gristhorpe playing fields – being part-funded by the remaining balance. Twenty-nine projects applied for a share of the funding, while more than 350 residents voted at the nine decision events held last month.

Cllr John Blackburn, chairman of the Voice Your Choice sub-committee, said: “We are delighted that residents have been able to choose how this money is spent. The winning projects will deliver real benefits all across the southern area and we are particularly pleased that so many of the smaller villages were successful.

“This is a new way of allocating funding and overall we are really pleased with how it went in the southern area. In particular we would like to thank all the applicants who took part and all of the residents who came and voted.”

The funding has been provided by Scarborough Council and North Yorkshire County Council. It is not known at this stage whether the exercise will be repeated in future years.