Council has designs on wall

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LOCAL organisations are to be consulted over plans to enhance a high brick wall between Barclay’s Bank and the Memorial Gardens in Filey.

A large quantity of ivy has been removed from the wall by Scarborough Council due to the structural damage it was said to be causing.

Town and borough councillor Sam Cross, who is also a prominent member of Filey Lions Club, said: “The ivy has been taken down because it caused damage to the brickwork.

“I’ve been contacted by the Lions, who said it might be nice for the Lions and Filey Town Council to put something up.”

The local club is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary in the town and has already sponsored a water fountain in the gardens dedicated to the memory of those who have died in war.

Cllr Cross said one idea was to attach a tree to the wall sponsored by different organisations in the town “to celebrate the community of Filey”.

Chairman of Filey in Bloom Marion Wright welcomed the idea in principle, but said it would have to look attractive and be properly maintained.

She said: “Most people would be a bit upset that the ivy had to go, but it’s destroying a building because it eats the mortar between the bricks.”

A working group of volunteers from the town council have now agreed to take the lead on the project and speak to other groups to give them a say.

Nobody from Barclays Bank was available to comment.