Voice Your Choice to benefit local causes

A new information board could be placed in Scarborough’s South Bay after an environmental group secured funding.

Surfers Against Sewage is hoping to use the board to educate the public about issues surrounding marine litter.

The group was one of 12 organisations to benefit from this year’s Voice Your Choice – with more than £19,000 going to local causes – and scored most votes from residents.

Steven Crawford, a Surfers Against Sewage representative, said that he was due to meet council officials this afternoon to discuss planning permission.

He said: “I was really pleased that the people of Scarborough voted for the project – it showed a really good awareness.

“There were lots of really good projects and people could have voted for more general community schemes.”

He added that the board – which could be placed next to Scarborough Lifeboat Station – will let people know how litter harms marine life and how long it takes to biodegrade. “I think people actually got the idea which is a bonus,” he said.

A total of 16 projects were competing for cash from the Central Urban Area Committee Funding at a public Decision-Making event on Wednesday, 20 June.

A Scarborough Council spokesman said: “The chosen theme for this year’s fund was the environment.

“Each applicant organisation put together a display detailing their project for the general public to see and representatives from the groups were on hand to answer any questions before residents cast their votes.”

A total of 176 valid voting papers were received during the event, with scores of up to five awarded for each project.

and 12 of the 16 projects were awarded funding before the pot ran dry.

Voice Your Choice 2012 is a joint initiative of the Central Urban Area Committee and the Scarborough Urban Area Forum.

Other organisations which benefitted included: Scarborough Maharlika Club, St James Church and Community Art Centre, Castle Community Network and the YMCA.