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available to local residents and visitors. The archive collects new material and has over 10, 000 photographs, books, journals and archives of local historians. If collection of this valuable material continues larger premises will be required in the next few years as the archive reaches its full capacity. The archive is open to the public for two mornings per week. The Library also contains valued local archive resources.

There are a range of cultural events and festivals. As a result of its significance as a tourist destination, the cultural facilities are considered to be generally good for a town of its size. Satisfaction levels amongst local residents are generally slightly higher than the Borough average.

% of people satisfied with….


Libraries Museums / galleries Theatres / concert halls

80% 49% 41%

Borough % 77%

45% 39%

Areas for Action

  • Drawing on the rich local history of the area, there is considered to be scope in the longer term for the establishment of a “Discovery Centre” in the town which would provide a high quality experience for visitors to learn more about the heritage and culture surrounding Filey Bay, particularly drawing on the internationally renowned maritime history of the area. Such a centre also has potential for workspace, exhibition space and a high quality café and restaurant, as well as providing employment opportunities.

  • Development of purpose built archives so that collections within the Town can be stored together within Filey.

3i) Environment

Filey generally provides a good quality environment in which to live. Part of the town is a designated conservation area and the Town Council is committed to the conservation and protection of the unique built and natural environment of the area.

However, in some areas there are problems with issues such as dog fouling, litter and isolated incidents of fly tipping which blight the overall quality of the environment. Particular sites in the town, including the old gas showroom site continue to be of concern.

Local residents are proactive in maintaining their own environment with “friends” and in bloom groups to help maintain and support local open spaces and parks. A number of local campaigns to discourage dog fouling and encourage responsible dog ownership have taken place.


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