23 March 2017
Three days left to register and vote for Community Choices
Shetland residents have just three days left to register and cast their votes to fund projects in the Shetland Community Choices initiative. Voting closes at 3pm on Saturday 25th March, with the public deciding which of twenty potential projects will receive a share of £100,000 of funding.
On Saturday, a 'market stall' event will be held at the Shetland Museum & Archives for anyone interested in finding out more about the projects and to cast their vote – either on paper, or online. The event will allow those who are promoting potential projects to ‘make their pitch’ to any undecided voters, and answer any final queries ahead of the 3pm deadline.
Other local ‘participatory budgeting’ events have taken place in Shetland in recent years and this is the first time that an online initiative for Shetland-wide community projects has been launched. Shetland Islands Council is keen to use this approach more in future, giving communities a direct say on how some public budgets are spent.
Jonathan Belford said: “We’re really pleased at the level of interest shown by the public in the wide range of potential projects in this year’s Shetland Community Choices. There’s only three days left now and I’d urge people who haven’t registered online and cast their votes to do so before 3pm on Saturday afternoon. The drop-in event at Shetland Museum & Archives, from 11am to 3pm, is a final chance to hear more about the projects. Every Shetland resident over the age of 12 has five votes to use and can allocate them how they wish towards a project that they’d like to see funded. Please remember, all five votes have to be used.”
The announcement on which projects have received the most votes will be made on the Shetland Community Choices website on Tuesday 28 March at 5pm.
The projects are listed on the Shetland Community Choices website at: https://shetland.participare.io