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Rural residents to 'Voice Their Choice'
the Scarborough Rural Area of the borough are being given a unique
chance to decide how more than £70,000 of local authority cash will
be spent in their area.
The Scarborough Rural Voice Your Choice
participatory budgeting fund, financed by Scarborough Borough
Council and North Yorkshire County Council, sees 29 projects from
across the rural area vying for a share of the money.
The rural area which covers the parishes of
East Ayton, West Ayton, Seamer, Irton, Brompton-by-Sawdon, Wykeham,
Snainton, Hackness, Newby and Scalby, Burniston, Cloughton and
Staintaindale and Ravenscar, with projects in those places
competing for residents’ votes at two public decision events.
Anyone aged 11 or over who is a resident of
the Scarborough Rural Area is entitled to go along to the events
and score the projects.
The first decision event is at Ayton
Village Hall between 5pm and 8pm on Thursday 10 February. The
second event will be at Scarborough Rugby Club between noon and 2pm
on Saturday 12 February. Residents are encouraged to attend either
of the events to cast their scores for the projects but will not be
allowed to participate at both events.
Each project bidding for the money will
have an information display providing further information about
their project and how it will benefit the community.
Residents taking part in the voting will be
able to view the displays and ask any questions of the project
applicants before giving each project a score out of five.
The projects that score the highest will
receive the funding. All the projects are asking for between £1,500
and £10,000 and will be of direct benefit to residents of the
Scarborough Rural Area.
Chairman of the Scarborough Rural Voice
Your Choice Sub Committee, Cllr David Jeffels, said: “This really
is a unique opportunity for the borough’s rural communities to have
a say in the future of their area.
“Whatever projects they score the highest
will be funded and we would encourage anyone who lives in the
Scarborough Rural Area and has an interest in their community to
attend and make their voice heard.”
For more information about the decision events or the Voice Your
Choice Fund, contact Matthew Joseph on 07786 621924. Summaries of
all the projects are also available from Matthew.