20 September 2016
Teenagers are being encouraged to express their views on the future of St Helier as part of a street art project this coming Saturday.
Following the Future St Helier Workshops recently, the Minister for the Environment wants more young people to join the conversation and have a say on the future of town. The regeneration of town, a strategic priority for the Council of Ministers, is being led by the Future St Helier steering group.
Secondary school aged children are invited to a street art workshop led by street artist Bokra at Pitt Street next Saturday, 24 September between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm. They’ll be asked what they think is most important for the future of town and encouraged to turn their views into graffiti art on the site hoarding, donated by the Channel Island Co-operative Society. Their artistic representation of Future St Helier priorities will stay on the hoarding while the new building is being built and will contribute to thinking on the future regeneration of St Helier.
Young people's voices
The Minister has planned the event specifically to hear the views of the next generation of town business owners, residents and workers. Deputy Steve Luce believes their views are vitally important and not enough is done to ensure young people’s voices are heard.
"Graffiti art isn't the usual way the States of Jersey carries out a public consultation, but if we are going to reach young people, we need to think imaginatively and do something that will engage and interest them. Anyone, of any age, can take part but I’m especially hopeful that people aged between 11 and 21 will come along, get creative and express their views on the future of St Helier.”
The event takes place between 9.30am till 4.30pm Saturday 24 September. People can turn up at Pitt Street (near Charing Cross, turn right at Mothercare) on the day or book by emailing the Department of the Environment.
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