Choice event is hailed a success

Cartford Inn: bar and alcove
Cartford Inn: bar and alcove

HUNDREDS of Scarborough residents have voiced their opinion in a consultation process to determine which community groups share a £70,000 windfall.

More than 450 people crammed into Scarborough Rugby Club for the Voice Your Choice campaign, aimed to give voters from the town the chance to have their say on around 30 local schemes.

The event featured scores of stands and exhibits from various organisations to champion their cause for financial support and any residents aged over 11 could vote.

Projects and voters were all from the Scarborough rural area wards, which covers East and West Ayton, Seamer and Irton, Brompton-by-Sawdon, Wykeham, Snainton, Hackness, Newby and Scalby, Burniston, Cloughton, Staintondale and Ravenscar.

The event followed a similar day at Ayton Village Hall, and Cllr David Jeffels, chairman of Scarborough Council’s Rural Voice Your Choice Committee, said they had been a fantastic success.

He said: “There was a really big turnout on both occasions and everyone who I have spoken to said they have been pleased by the response and the enthusiasm shown by the public.

“It was extremely encouraging to see so many people come to the events and we will now start the process of looking through all of their voting slips.

“It is probably fair to say that it has exceeded expectations because when we started off we had quite a small response, but in the last few weeks people have really rallied to the cause.

“Overall, this has been a marvellous community project.”