Children across Norton Canes are being asked to draw their ideas for new fun facilities in the village in an art competition being run by the Parish Council.
The council wants to hear from younger residents what recreation facilities they would like to see in the village, as part of its research to help the drafting of a Norton Canes Neighbourhood Plan.
All five to 11-year olds can enter with the chance of winning a family ticket to Drayton Manor Theme Park.
The competition asks children to draw something they would like to see in Norton Canes for leisure time, such as a cycle trail, a fun new playground, sports facilities or something else.
Counsellor John Preece of Norton Canes Parish Council said: “We are currently seeking the views of our community on lots of aspects of our village, and how it could be improved, to help us draft a local Neighbourhood Plan for the village.
“As part of that, we wanted to find a way of engaging with even the youngest members of our community. We want to give children an opportunity to get involved and have a say, and hope to get lots of ideas of what they would enjoy for recreation facilities through this competition. Their ideas will be really useful in helping us understand how we can better serve our young people.”
Entry forms will be circulated to local schools this week and can also be picked up at Norton Canes Community Library, with the closing date for entries set for Thursday, April 30, 2020.
Representatives from the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will judge the competition and an overall winner will receive a family pass for Drayton Manor Theme Park.
“We thought this would be a much more interesting and fun way of getting ideas from children, rather than simply asking questions,” added Cllr Preece. We’re looking forward to seeing what they come up with!”
More information about the Norton Canes Neighbourhood Plan, and full details of the competition, can be found on the Norton Canes Parish Council website at www.nortoncanesparishcouncil.co.uk.