A PUBLIC vote is set to open in Peeblesshire to decide which local projects should benefit from the Localities Bid Fund.

Applications were received from across the region between January and February. And it has been announced that 18 local causes in Tweeddale will battle it out for a share of £61,416.

A public ballot will now take place in Peebles Parish Church on June 1 from 10am until 2pm.

Residents can also register to vote online.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, executive member for neighbourhoods and locality services said: “We have strengthened the voting process after listening to feedback from the previous round of Localities Bid Fund. We’d therefore ask people to make sure they register to vote, which will only take a couple of minutes online.

“You’ll then get an allocation of votes to spread across the projects in your locality. You can register to vote from now right up until the last day of the voting period.”

Visit: scotborders.gov.uk/LocalitiesBidFund