Giving young people a say

Farnley Estates invites young people to have their say  

Kirkburton Parish Council Youth Engagement Group is having a say on the future of Farnley Estates. As part of its 25-year plan, Farnley Estates invited the Youth Engagement Group from Kirkburton Parish Council to give their views on the facilities and activities they’d like the Estate to offer young people in the future.

The Youth Engagement Group consists of young people from Shelley High School, and Kirkburton and Scissett Middle Schools. It was set up three years ago by Suzanne Triggs, Kirkburton Parish Councillor, to give young people a say in the development of their own area. Following a presentation by Farnley Estates at the Group’s meeting, representatives visited the Estate to get an idea of the scale and potential that the site offers.

“We’re currently developing a 25-year plan for the Estate, to ensure that it remains both environmentally and economically sustainable for generations to come. We feel that it’s vital that today’s young people have a say in our plans,” said Paul Sykes, Director Farnley Estates.

“We need to know that the ideas we’re proposing are of interest to all age groups, including young people – after all, these are the people who we want to benefit from the Estate in years to come,” added Paul.

Over the past 12 months, the Estate has already consulted with more than 300 organisations, including charities, schools, universities, rural businesses, clubs and sporting associations about giving greater access to the land. Ideas have ranged from forest schools to farm shops and from equestrian centres to aerial adventure courses.

The Youth Group is now contributing to this discussion, and their views and ideas, ranging from camping and an ice skating rink to mountain boarding and cycling, will be considered as part of the Estate’s ongoing feasibility study.

One student commented: “I didn’t realise that Farnley Estates covered such a large area. To have somewhere in Huddersfield, where we can go cycling, mountain boarding and try other new activities would be amazing.”

For more information regarding the future of Farnley Estates, please visit our future...In FARNLEY page.