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  • More investment in small business units and managed workspace to support innovation and encourage local business start up.

  • Need to ensure young people have an opportunity to receive training and develop skills.

In terms of tourism, Filey is an attractive town with a rich heritage. The surrounding countryside and coast provide opportunities for a range of outdoor activities, including walking, bird watching, fishing, sailing and surfing. There is potential to further develop tourism markets based on the natural assets and marine/maritime heritage of the area.

The surrounding area includes significant holiday accommodation, particularly holiday/caravan parks. Currently, Filey is still seasonal in terms of it’s tourism market, although seasons are extending, particularly at the higher quality caravan parks. The lack of an all weather facility, however, is a particular issue.

Tourism provides a significant employment sector in the town, however, many roles are relatively low waged and significant proportion provide only seasonal opportunities.

Areas for action

  • Continue to improve the quality and marketing of tourism in the

town and increase visitor numbers in the off peak periods.

Town centre (Retailing and Services)

Filey contains a variety of local shops, particularly independent retailers offering a unique range of goods and this diversity needs to be maintained and developed. However, there is a lack of large supermarket provision to offer greater choice to local residents. Proposals for the development of increased supermarket provision within the town would be welcomed.

Public toilet provision is an important issue for both visitors and residents. Public toilets are provided at the Bus Station and the Evron centre. However, the Town Council supports the development of additional toilet provision in the town centre.

Areas for Action

  • Town Council to convene a discussion with Town Centre traders about the way forward and options for town centre business development and support, including possible options for a Town Centre Manager.

  • Support for public/private partnerships to increase toilet provision in the town centre.


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