Time to choose

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SCARBOROUGH residents will have the chance at a special event tomorrow to decide how £13,000 of Scarborough Council money is spent.

Scarborough Urban Area Forum is hosting “Voice Your Choice” at Scarborough Library from 5pm to 7.30pm.

Voice Your Choice is a community grants scheme with a difference, as the decision on which projects get funding is made by residents attending the decision event and not by councillors or council officers.

Anyone who is a resident of the Scarborough Urban Area (local authority wards of Castle, Central, Ramshill, Weaponness, Falsgrave Park, Stepney, Woodlands, Northstead and North Bay) and is 11 or older is entitled to participate. All the competing projects are themed on arts, culture and sport.

Residents will be asked to view displays and information on the competing projects and score each one out of five – the projects with the highest scores will be funded.

Members of the groups who are competing for the funding will also be on hand to answer any questions about their project.

The whole process takes about 30 minutes and residents must give a score for each project.

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

A similar Voice Your Choice event was showcased recently on the BBC Town programme with Nicolas Crane.

The event has proved very popular in the past, with many residents of all ages coming forward to make their voices heard.

Chairman of the Voice Your Choice sub committee, Malcolm Short, said “We really want to build on the successes of previous Voice Your Choice events that have been held across the borough and we anticipate the decision event to be well supported by our communities.”

The event will also be a chance for residents to vote on who they would like to see as chairman of the forum for the coming year.

The three candidates for the role are: Ros Fox (a former councillor and community volunteer in the Castle ward), Sheila Silvester (main architect of Scarborough’s Yorkshire Day Celebrations last year) and Malcolm Short (chairman of the Friends of Manor Road Park).

Everyone is welcome to attend.