PEOPLE in an Easter Ross community have voted to decide a cash carve-up between competing local projects pitching for their support.
Residents in the Tain and Easter Ross ward took the opportunity to cast their votes at a Highland Council participatory budgeting event held on Saturday in the Duthac Centre.
Eleven out of the 32 projects bidding for a share of the £15,000 of community funding available were successful.
Members of the public voted after listening to all the applicants who were given a four-minute slot to talk about their projects and their plans for using the funding they were applying for.
The event was fully supported by the three ward members who welcomed everyone and helped ensure the day ran smoothly.
Councillor Fiona Robertson said: "I am really pleased to see so many people turn out to take part in the first participatory budgeting event in our ward. I think everyone casting their votes enjoyed being actively involved in the decision-making process and I would like to thank not only those who voted but also all the groups who applied and turned up to give their presentations.
Councillor Alasdair Rhind added: "The day was a great chance for groups to meet people, network and promote their work and find out more about what is happening locally and will, I have no doubt, have strengthened local built community cohesion."
The successful bids voted for by the audience were:
Tain and District Development Trust – Community Market for Tain and District – £1500.
Tain Task Force for floral displays – £1500.
Tain Amateur Swimming Club – £1500.
Tain and District Museum for flyers and signs – £1097.
Tain Gala Association for the purchase and renovation of mobile units into toilets - £1070
St Duthus Special School for outdoor improvements – £1500.
Tain and Easter Ross Civic Trust for Tain Picture House Regeneration Project – £1500.
1st St Duthus Scout Group for Scout hall makeover – £1500.
Inver Toddler Group – £1500.
Seaboard Memorial Hall for Gopak Go – £1500.
Tain and District Youth Café YMCA for Holiday Meals project – £1250.
Councillor Derek Louden congratulated successful applicants and said: "We look forward to seeing their projects become reality and our thanks go to everyone who worked hard to make the day such a success."