What aspects of provision for children and young people need attention or better focus in the NDP?
The current NDP makes reference to the statistic that Hoylake has a higher than national average number of teenagers, and this is demonstrated in a trend between the 2001 and 2011 censuses. 1)http://www.hoylakevision.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Census-data-analysis_Layout-1.pdf
Whilst the number of over 65s is also higher than national average, the overall trend in Hoylake is encouraging and appears to be borne out by anecdotal evidence that more families are moving in to Hoylake.
Retaining a younger population is important for the health of a town’s economy and social cohesion. Providing a range of safe and accessible leisure and entertainment facilities for this age group is vital.
The NDP can help make all of these important aspects of life in Hoylake for children and young people easier to achieve and enjoy.
Hoylake does have a good range of facilities and activities for younger children; dance, tennis and other sports are well catered for. But for older children the offer is arguably more restricted.
The current NDP, for example, would support the development of a Skate Park somewhere in Hoylake. Where could this be? Do you have ideas?
What about other oppotunties in open spaces, and community facilities, as well as appropriate retail and leisure facilties such as a cinema or youth centre?
In order to identify which objectives, priorities and policies relating to provision for children, young people and younger adults need to be built into the next iteration of the NDP in 2020 we will need to:
- Consult with children, young people and younger adults in order to better understand the needs and priorities of these groups.
- Consult with professionals in the areas of children and young people’s activities provision, leisure provision, safeguarding, social demographics and regeneration.
- Ensure that, where appropriate, new planning proposals and applications demonstrate consideration of the needs of children and young people.