Youngsters should be playing a role in deciding how communities should look in the future, which is why a new‘Young Placemakers’ scheme has been started.
Youth involvement is seen as the “missing piece in the planning jigsaw” across the Borders which is why the search is on for 12 motivated young community leaders who will champion active citizenship and create a stronger voice for young people.
The campaign was launched at the Scottish Parliament by Petra Biberbach, Planning Aid for Scotland’s chief executive, Planning Minister Derek Mackay and two youg placements. Petra said: “Young people are the missing piece in the planning jigsaw. They are currently disengaged with the process of planning and development, which plays a vital role in shaping the villages, towns, cities and country in which they will live, work and raise their family.
“The Young Placemakers campaign will help young people become more aware of how they can support the challenge to build a sustainable Scotland.They will receive support and training from a mentor and inspire their peers to become involved in the planning process.
“Planning might seem complicated and irrelevant to many people, especially young people, but it is critical to shaping the places where we live, work and play. Young people will live with the consequences of today’s decisions for the longest time and so it’s only right that they play an active part in shaping those decisions.”
“It’s thinking about the immediate and the longer term opportunities that young people want to see happen in their local communities, whether that be skate parks, sports facilities, or the creation of employment opportunities.”