A Driffield town councillor this week claimed that the authority was “verging on being snubbed” after claims that East Riding Council had ignored a letter pleading for a share of a £14.2 million budget under spend.
Several weeks ago, the town council wrote to ERYC to ask for a share of the surplus money to launchpad projects which would boost the economy in Driffield and the surrounding district .
But so far, the only response from the ERYC has been a letter of acknowledgement.
Deputy mayor Coun David Credland said: “We should follow it up.
“We don’t want to be thought of as a toothless tiger any more than we need to be.
“I feel that we are verging on being snubbed if we are not careful.”
The town council was promoted to write to ERYC leader, Coun Stephen Parnaby, after the county authority gleefully trumpeted in a press statement the fact that a total, £14.2 million had been under spent on its revenue budget - hailing the boast as a significant achievement against the current economic climate.
Copies were also send to local Driffield ward councillors Symon Fraser, Felicity Temple and Barbara Hall.
Coun Credland said: “We should send a second letter to Coun Parnaby and also to our ward councillors .
“I know that initially they told me that the £14.2m had been already re allocated to other projects, but we asked them to reconsider and sent them a polite letter so that some of that money could be allocated to Driffield and surrounding area where there is a genuine need for it. Not all £14.2m, but a fair share.
“It leaves a bad taste to think that neither the ERYC or the ward councillors can be bothered to reply on time.”
Coun Joyce Fletcher said: “We should write to them and ask when we can expect a reply at least.”
Coun Mark Blakeston said: “Would it not be more useful to have a meeting with Coun Fraser to discuss this as another letter would go the same way as the previous one.”
Coun Joan Cooper said: “Coun Mark might have a point there. It will soon be time for electioneering. So they may well want to meet us.“
The council agreed to send an email to ERYC and ask Coun Fraser for a meeting.