South Ayrshire's #YOYP2018 'Question Time': Answers Revealed

As part of the celebration of the Year of Young People 2018, local South Ayrshire young people had the opportunity to ask a question to local decision members about what matters most to them!

Here you can find the councillors' answers to the questions posed to them by young people.

Answers will become available soon!

Litter

  1. What can be done to reduce the litter within our area? - Lochside Youth Club member
  2. While some young people do litter; many are involved in community clean ups to make South Ayrshire a nicer place to live and visit. How can the council help to improve the image of young people within the public eye and the media? - Prestwick/Troon young people
  3. There is an issue of road side litter (people throwing rubbish out their car windows), what support is there to set up a road side litter campaign? - Freya, S1, Ballentrae Youth Club

Community Safety

  1. “I feel unsafe in my area, what can you do to help me feel safe?” - Flynn, Age 12, Lochside Youth Club
  2. What can be done about uneven pavements? - Elysha, S1, Ballentrae Youth Club

Transport

  1. What steps could you take to make bus travel more affordable (in particular rural areas) for young people in South Ayrshire? - Julie, from Employability and Skills

Education

  1. Is it possible to lower school lunch prices as we think they are too expensive (snack prices are ok)? - Scott, age 11 (S1), from Muirhead Youth Club
  2. Is it possible to call a teacher by their first name? - S1 Girvan Youth Group

Health & Wellbeing

  1. What support can be provided to help to reduce the waiting lists for mental health support? - Young Person, Employability and Skills

Hobbies and Things to Do

  1. What can be done to increase social activities for 16 to 18 years? - Young Person, Employability and Skills
  2. “Can the councillors make assurances that they will continue to keep open a centre in Ayr North (the Domain) specifically for young people” - Megan, 16, Domain Youth Club
  3. Is there an opportunity for funding activities for all ages in Lochside to mix together? This would assist with addressing stereotypes of young people. - Lucy and Sophie, P7, Lochside Youth Group
  4. We feel South Ayrshire would benefit from more parks that have multi-use astro pitches eg. Football, basketball. Is this something you will try to improve? - Dalmiling Primary School

Care Experience

What are you personally doing in your role as to make South Ayrshire the best place for care experienced young people to grow up? - Champions Board

LGBT

  1. "How are you tackling, or planning to tackle, the lack of resources for young trans people in South Ayrshire?" - South Ayrshire LGBT Youth Group

Additional questions that came forward that were not asked at the event due to time restrictions:

What budget do you have to get a gym or access to exercise in the Lochside area?  Erika & Adam, Age 12 - Lochside CLD Youth Club

Ballentrae Youth Club had a range of other questions:

  • Why is there no CCTV in Ballantrae / Could there be CCTV at the foreland?
  • Why are the pot holes not being filled (A77 – trunk roads)?
  • Could dogs be kept on leads at all times in public areas?
  • Could we get gates on Ballantraes park?
  • Could we get a zebra crossing at main street in Ballantrae (so we YP can cross with the ferry traffic)?
  • Could we get a speed camera on the main street?

Girvan Youth Club had a range of other questions:

  • Can we have a more time in school for games?
  • Can lunch be the period before as 4th period as the period before lunch everyone goes wild. No one pays attention because lunch is so close/
  • Could we get a shop in Colmonell?

Dalmiling Primary had a range of additional questions:

  • What do you think you can do to make it better for us living in South Ayrshire?
  • Will you ensure there is money to improve sports facilities in schools?
  • Classroom assistants help us so much. Will there be cuts to classroom assistant jobs as we feel they make a huge difference?
  • Dolphin House was under threat this year, is it now safe or could it still close in the next few years?

Holmston Primary 7 had a range of additional questions:

  • Why would you consider closing Dolphin House when it is so popular and such a great opportunity for pupils?
  • Why would you ever consider closing Prestwick Pool? We only get to go swimming in P4 so if it is because it is not busy enough then could you not do a deal with a local bus company and allow more primaries to visit the pool?
  • Why are you charging people to learn to play a musical instrument? Surely you know that lots of people will not be able to afford this and will now have to stop their tuition.
  • Why would you consider getting rid of the lollypop men and women? Our school is surrounded by busy roads and we need them in order to stay safe. Could you not have made it that schools that weren’t sitting next to a main road could lose their lollypop people rather than schools surrounded by busy roads and fast cars?