A QUESTIONNAIRE sent to all St Neots homeowners asking if they would support the idea of a town lottery has received a disappointing response. Launched on January 7, it was part of a feasibility study to see if people would support the idea of St Neots h

A QUESTIONNAIRE sent to all St Neots homeowners asking if they would support the idea of a town lottery has received a disappointing response.

Launched on January 7, it was part of a feasibility study to see if people would support the idea of St Neots having its own lottery, raising funds for the town.

Speaking to The Hunts Post, Ted Bocking, who is co-ordinating the findings of the questionnaire, said they have had a response from just 1.3 per cent of households.

He said more than 20,000 questionnaires had been sent out but only 250 hard copies were completed and returned to the town council by last week's closing date.

However, among those who returned the forms the idea proved popular, with 90 per cent of people in favour of the lottery.

Computer problems mean town council staff were unable yesterday (Tuesday) to calculate how many additional forms had been filled in online, but they said it would have only been a few.

The town council has been discussing the possibility of setting up a lottery after the idea was raised last May by town mayor Cllr Bob Eaton.

Early details suggested that tickets would cost £1 and the weekly draw could be either for one large prize of, say, £1,500 or split into a number of smaller prizes. Profits generated from the scheme would be given to St Neots-based charities or used to boost tourism.

Cllr Eaton said although there was a poor response, he hoped something would come of the lottery.

He said: "The 90 per cent in favour response is good but it was a very poor turnout.

"I will not be making any decisions until I have met with the council, but I am hopeful that there may be a smaller scale version that could be introduced in the town."

The findings of the lottery questionnaire are due to be discussed at the meeting of the St Neots Town Council on March 5 at the Priory Centre at 7pm.