More than 100 youngsters negotiated a Food For Thought maze in Coalville Market this week to share their ideas about the future of the town.
North West Leicestershire District Council joined forces with the Coalville Heroes project to host the event for young people aged from 10 to 24.
It was an opportunity to discuss the results of a ‘Coalville’s Future’ survey already completed by around 1,200 young people, and to talk about how they can turn the ideas into a reality.
In return for sharing their thoughts at various stations in the specially designed maze, those that took part were rewarded with free food, music, entertainment, and the chance to play on a Nintendo Switch.
The survey and the free event, which was held on Wednesday 19 April, form part of the council’s ‘Building Confidence in Coalville’ programme, which asks everyone in the community to support the regeneration of the town. The ideas generated by young people in the town will now be fed to businesses, community groups and individuals to see how they can help make them a reality.
The council, which is already under way with many schemes, including grants to improve key shops and buildings in the town, support for local events like the Coalville Colour Run and plans to reconfigure Marlborough Square, will take the ideas generated by young people and seek support from the Coalville community to achieve them.
Kay Greenbank, Head of Economic Regeneration at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “We’ve already seen lots of improvement through our focus on the Coalville regeneration project, including the development of the former Pick and Shovel pub and the revamping of key shops like Geoff’s Toys on High Street – and there is lots more planned.
“We felt it was essential to include young people in this exciting project to build confidence in Coalville, and to get some fresh ideas of how the town might be improved.
“Having more than 100 people attend the event and share their views was a fantastic result and gives us lots to think about as we look to provide more for young people in the town.”
Coalville Heroes co-ordinator Deana Wildgoose said: “We want to say a huge thank you to all the young people that came to give their views, and to all those that gave their time to help make the event so successful.
“We were thrilled with the numbers that came along and we can already see that some really positive thoughts and ideas have come forward.
“There is still time for young people to get involved by filling in the online survey, before we collate the results.”
To fill in the online survey, visit: www.nwleics.gov.uk/coalvillefuture
Visit the Choose Coalville Facebook page for more information about what’s happening in Coalville www.facebook.com/choosecoalville
To find out more about the Coalville Heroes project, visit its Facebook page, at: www.facebook.com/coalvilleheroes