Votes on how to spend £13,000

Scarborough Library hosts the Voice your choice event ....Left to right voters Kate Buttner and Stanley Wainwright with Michael Young representing Scarborough Maritime Heritage centre.   114943

Scarborough Library hosts the Voice your choice event ....Left to right voters Kate Buttner and Stanley Wainwright with Michael Young representing Scarborough Maritime Heritage centre. 114943

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RESIDENTS in Scarborough have been voting on how £13,000 of public money will be spent on local causes.

Votes were cast at a Voice Your Choice event held at Scarborough Library.

Organised by the Scarborough Urban Area Forum, the event saw community projects set up stands giving information about what they need money for.

Groups could ask for between £150 and £1,000 for their projects.

After browsing the stands members of the public scored each project out of five.

The projects with the highest scores will then receive a share of the funding.

This year’s Voice Your Choice trebled in popularity compared with last year’s event.

Matthew Joseph, Area Forum support officer, said: “We had 301 voters, which was three times as many as we had this time last year.

“It was really great to see so many people through the door,” he added.

“This is a live or die initiative depending on how many people turn up to vote so it was great to see so many people making real decisions on how real money should be spent.”

The idea behind the scheme is that local residents get the chance to decide how money is being spent in their area, rather than the local authority.

The fund is financed by Scarborough Council’s Central Urban Area Committee, which is working in partnership on the scheme with the Area Forum.

A total of 20 projects applied for funding, with 16 receiving grants after the voting.

The YMCA was the most popular bid, receiving money towards its project for new toilets.

Anyone who is a resident of the Scarborough Urban Area was eligible to vote.

This included people living in local authority wards of Castle, Central, Ramshill, Weaponness, Falsgrave Park, Stepney, Woodlands, Northstead and North Bay.