Localities Bid Fund - deadline for postal votes is extended

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Published: Thursday, 30th May 2019

The postal voting deadline for the Localities Bid Fund has been extended.

Anyone who wants to vote this way has until Friday 14 June to get their completed ballot paper back to us.

You can request a ballot from our communities and partnerships team up until 5pm on Thursday 6 June.

What do I need to know?

Around £300k is up for grabs with 73 community projects vying for votes across five localities.

  • People in Berwickshire are choosing between 19 projects with £48,374 up for grabs.
  • In Cheviot eight projects are battling it out for a share of £50,568.
  • £119,802 is available in Eildon, with 20 bids to choose from.
  • Teviot and Liddesdale residents have to decide which of the eight projects in their area should get funding from a pot of £40,080.
  • And 18 projects are competing for £61,416 in Tweeddale.

So far, over 3,000 people have signed up to vote online and thousands of ballot papers have been sent out to communities.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Locality Services:

"We’re pleased that so many people have voted in Localities Bid Fund but importantly there’s still time for those who haven’t. This is your chance to directly affect where funding is spent in your area so please take a few minutes to register online and cast your votes, or get in touch with the Council to request a paper ballot.

“Feedback from the first round of the fund suggested the online voting should be more robust so we took steps to ensure this was the case. However we realise some people have faced complications with the website. If anyone is finding this difficult or doesn’t want to vote in this way, we are giving them more time to complete a paper ballot instead. If you’d like a paper vote make sure you request this by 5pm on Thursday 6 June, and then return it to SBC by Friday 14 June."

More information

Anyone who does want to vote online can do so until 5pm on 7 June. You need to register first. 

Everyone has a mandatory number of votes to cast, which will depend on the number of projects vying for money in your area. You need to cast all of these or your votes won’t count.

People have also been hearing from projects and casting their votes at special public voting events in each locality. The final two of these are taking place this Saturday (1 June) with members of the public encouraged to pay a visit:

  • Eildon: 10am – 2pm at MacArts in Galashiels
  • Tweeddale: 10am – 2pm at the Parish Church in Peebles

See more information on Localities Bid Fund.

The successful projects will be announced in the summer.