SCARBOROUGH councillors yesterday voted in favour of buying new iPads, with just eight from 50 councillors rejecting the idea.
The proposal had sparked outrage through letters and internet comments from members of the public who claimed it was the wrong move during times of austerity and cuts to local government services.
Councillors already have computer equipment and access provided by the public. The strength of public sentiment led to an unprecedented 100,000-plus website responses opposed to the principle.
Some comments were too strong to publish.
But at the council debate, it was now said that the move would save £53,000 a year instead of £10,000 previously stated and that councillors might make a donation towards the £160 cost of new iPad.