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Closed Youth Council Development Session.

A closed development session will take place between 5.30pm and 6.30pm in the Committee Room.



A development meeting was held between 5.30 and 6.30pm. The following items were AGREED:


·         To approve the final draft of the Youth Council Code of Conduct leaflet

·         To appoint Natalie Crawford as the Communications lead. Jane Ansell explained that the role will involve working with officers to develop the Youth Council page on the Council’s website and other platforms and improve liaison with schools and other local contacts.

·         To note the latest updates from Theme Group leads which had been circulated at the meeting

·         To note the following new Council appointments in relation to the Youth Council: Cllr Kathryn Fox, Portfolio Holder for Community Relations, including the Youth Council; Cllr Henry Wheeler, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Health and Wellbeing; Cllr Roxanne Ellis, Policy Advisor to the Cabinet for Equalities, including Youth Council engagement.

·         That Pav Ayoub would set a date for the proposed activity day and notify Youth Council members

·         That the cost of the activity day be approved from the Gedling Youth Council budget

·         That the Youth Activities Theme Group would lead on liaison with the Gedling Sports Partnership, acting as a reference group for the organisation

·         That an evaluation exercise will be conducted as part of the MYP development plan.


Apologies for Absence


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 106 KB


Gedling Borough Council Planning Consultation.

Graeme Foster, Planning Officer, will visit to consult the Youth Council on their views on the Borough’s town centres.


S. Bray, Corporate Director and members of the Planning Policy Team undertook a consultation exercise on key areas for Town Centres Development. Outcomes listed below:


Planning for town centres exercise outcomes



The Youth Council were asked to say what they like and dislike about Arnold Town Centre and Carlton Square District Centre.  The summary results are set out below.

Carlton Square (17 responses)


  • Local close to houses and a variety of shops


  • The shopping centre is hidden from Carlton Road/Burton Road, the shops are covered not much sunshine on the pathways, it is dark.
  • Dirty – lots of litter
  • Messy ground behind Wilkos
  • Unattractive shopfronts


  • More attractive shopfronts are needed, make it brighter
  • More shops for example, Argos and sports shops
  • More places for young people, for example, cinema
  • Parking needs to be better organised
  • Open spaces could be used for events
  • Better advertising – there is more than just TESCO - what is the unique selling point?

Arnold (46 responses)


  • Large range of shops
  • Close to the playground for the kids
  • Public transport is good
  • Parking provision is OK
  • Sweet shops, McDonalds, Costa


  • Shop fronts look shabby and unappealing
  • The Market is unattractive and not well used
  • Perception is that Arnold Centre is run down and shabby
  • Signposts around the square can be confusing
  • Need some public toilets
  • Not enough activities at night – more restaurants, bars or mini cinema
  • More green space, planting of trees, shrubs etc.
  • Crates left outside café
  • Too many charity shops
  • Tacky shops
  • The pubs are not attractive
  • Pigeons and bird muck
  • Litter is bad
  • Leisure Centre is good but the swimming pool is too expensive


  • Hold more events – street events
  • Later opening hours
  • Hold a Youth Market
  • Better access between Mapperley Top and Arnold by public transport
  • Better cycling network
  • Improve signage including to the Leisure Centre
  • Extend Front Street - pedestrianize the road between Worral Avenue and Ravenswood Road.
  • Promote the Leisure Centre more
  • Bring back the free swim
  • Need a gym
  • More services for teenagers, bowling, cinema, indoor play area
  • More plants, flowers tubs, hanging baskets
  • Art works
  • Modernise shops, more unique independent, higher end shops, big name shops
  • Look at Old Market Square as an example
  • What has Beeston done to change its image?


RESOLVED: To thank the officers for the opportunity to comment on proposals for town centres development.


Presentation by Hothouse Theatre Company.

Guy Jones from Hothouse Theatre will visit to discuss the Oh My Nottz online magazine.


Guy Jones, project coordinator and youth representatives of the Hothouse Theatre Company presented the ‘Oh My Nottz’ interactive website, which provides opportunities for young people to post information, film and local links to youth focussed activities and projects in Gedling and Nottingham. He informed members that the website is run by a group of local young people that meet at The Brickyard Community Centre in Gedling. The group had also produced a short film.


Guy offered members the opportunity to make use of the website to promote the work of the Youth Council.


RESOLVED: To thank Guy and the Hothouse Theatre Company representatives for their presentation and to add the ‘Oh My Nottz’ project to the agenda for the next meeting in September as an item for discussion.


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