COUNCILLORS have put a stop on funding for a town centre management group.

Ryedale District Council's community services and licensing committee had agreed a £5,000 subsidy for the Malton and Norton group by a single vote.

But that was overturned at a subsequent policy and resources committee meeting.

Committee chairman Robert Wainwright said: "We've funded it for the last three years and felt that by now they should be self-sufficient and the town's businesses should be funding it."

Members pay a subscription to the group to provide core funds for office costs and the town manager's wage. The council cash would be used to put on and promote events.

Town manager Peter Mudge said: "I just want the council to be honest and say if they want to be in partnership with us or not."

The full council is to consider the funding issue on March 3.