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RESIDENTS living on a knife edge at Scarborough’s landslip-hit Knipe Point have rejected new plans to be moved to Filey.

Scarborough Council has revealed proposals to relocate under-threat property owners to a new 300-home site in Filey’s Muston Road.

The new estate – owned by Cleveland social housing company Coast and Country – was passed by planning officials earlier this year but has been hit by a wrangle over drainage and flooding fears.

The move has been facilitated by a £1 million Government Pathfinder grant which Scarborough Council received two years ago to help find new accommodation sites for residents.

However, residents would prefer a move to Crossgates.

Malcolm Pirks, chairman of the Knipe Point Residents Association, said: “We have now been waiting for two years with the Pathfinder because there hasn’t been any land that has considered to be suitable.

“Land seems to be very scarce in this area, especially for the amount we want.

“We have found a plot that has a very similar environment to what’s here, but there are problems with it as far as the council’s concerned.”

However, cllr Andrew Backhouse, Scarborough Council’s portfolio holder for the Environment and Coastal and Flood Defences, said: “The council owns a small piece of land on Muston Road, which is landlocked.

“We could have promoted council-owned land but the chosen sites are all owned by private developers.

“Yorkshire Water has recently spent £500,000 updating all the drainage and on the developers have submitted drainage plans for the whole site.”

Three bungalows have already been demolished at the site and around 20 foot of land fell away in December last year.