No parish elections for Filey or Hunmanby

THERE will be no election for places on Filey Town Council as only nine candidates have come forward to fill the 13 vacancies on the council.

The shortage of nominations means that those candidates who will be on the council after the elections on May 5 will have to co-opt four more members to bring it up to full strength.

However, mayor Cllr Richard Walker insisted it would not lead to the town council losing its ‘Quality’ status, as a majority of the council’s full quota had still put themselves up for election.

There is one new nomination – Jeffrey Meek of Barden Place – while five current councillors have decided not to stand for re-election, including three former mayors. They are borough councillor Sam Cross, Aileen Newbury and David Murton, who has served on the town council and its predecessor for more than 40 years.

The other two to step down are Julie Viles, who gives health reasons, and former Primrose Valley representative Chris Hodgson, who now lives in Flixton.

There will also be no election for Hunmanby Parish Council as 13 candidates have put themselves forward – the exact number required to fill all the vacancies.

Twelve out of 13 of the parish council’s current members are re-standing, with just recent recruit Steve Hemingway, of Outgaits Lane, stepping down. His replacement will be Amy Tindall, of Northgate.

The only parish in the area where there will be an election is Folkton and Flixton, where 10 people are standing for nine vacancies – including current Filey town councillor Chris Hodgson.

Other councils that will have to co-opt new members include Gristhorpe and Lebberston, who will have to recruit two new Gristhorpe ward representatives, and Reighton and Speeton, who will have to find two more people to join the parish council.

In Muston, seven candidates are standing – the exact number required.

Details of all nominations for all parish councils can be found on Scarborough Council’s website.