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Young People 'At Heart' Of Scarborough Borough Scheme

Young People 'At Heart' Of Scarborough Borough Scheme

Published by Karen Liu at 4:18pm 25th February 2020.

Scarborough Borough Council says it is putting young people at the heart of 'Building a Better Borough'.

It has launched two ‘Our Borough, Our Future’ competitions that will give young people an opportunity to use their creative minds and skills to help shape the future of the Borough of Scarborough. 

The first competition, aimed at children and teenagers aged 14 years and under, is to use a sign template (available online) to communicate what they think an ideal borough to live in should look like.

Young people can complete the template in any way they like, for example, with a picture, words, poem etc but ideally content should relate to one or more of the council’s key themes for Building a Better Borough, which are:

  • Communities
  • Environment
  • Healthy people
  • A borough where all feel safe
  • Increase in money (investment) to improve the borough
  • Quality homes
  • Busy and active town centres
  • Vibrant art galleries, museums and theatres
  • A top visitor destination
  • Well connected (transport, technology and community to community)

Judging will be in two categories (aged 10 and under and aged 11 to 14) with prizes awarded accordingly. 

The second competition, aimed at teenagers and young adults aged 15 to 21, is to pick one or more of the Building a Better Borough themes that they feel needs improvement or attention and explain how they think changes could be achieved.

Entries can be made in any format e.g. video, artwork/collage, essay, song, poem etc.

There will be a two-stage judging process in two age categories (aged 15 to 17 and aged 18 to 21).

The shortlisted entrants will then be invited to the Town Hall in Scarborough to pitch their idea to the council’s management team and councillors, where an overall winner will be chosen.

Cllr Steve Siddons, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said:

“Our borough’s young people are key to our future communities.

They will be the next generation of service users and place shapers so it is essential that when planning for Building a Better Borough we listen to what they have to say and incorporate their ideas as far as possible, into our plans.”

Entries for both competitions can be submitted individually or as part of school projects, youth group activities or friendship groups.

Entries received will be used to help steer the work of the council, its partners and local communities in Building a Better Borough.

Running alongside the competitions is a youth version of the Your Borough, Your Say survey, which young people of all ages can complete to give their views on how they would like to see the borough develop and change for the better, for their future.

The survey and details of the competitions can be found on the Youth Consultation page at


There is 1 comment on this page.

zara, on 26th February 2020 7:51am
Is is not about time that the Council actually spent time and money providing services and not all these stupid PR consultations, surveys and reports? As i have said before they are there to run the services not to keep wasting effort on things they have no intention of doing anyway. Now they are trying to pretend they care about children and their views. DO YOUR JOB!

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