Youngsters unveil plans to transform Rotherham town centre

By Dave Doyle | 08/09/2017

Youngsters unveil plans to transform Rotherham town centre

YOUNG ambassadors have published their plans for the town, in the form of a draft manifesto.

The junior diplomats demand a cinema, cookery lessons, more public art and free, cloud-powered flying cars for all.

They were asked for ideas by the Embassy for Reimagining Rotherham - a collective effort to highlight the feelings of youngsters.

The scheme was launched last month at Grimm and Co, Rotherham’s own apothecary to the magical and imagination factory.

The “white paper” includes requests for more arts and culture, more community amenities and more rounded education.

Its writers think more woodland walks would help people “appreciate nature”, while outdoor pursuits would offer “new experiences”.

A free swimming centre should be “funded by donations” and a new group should teach people to “respect and look after the world”, they add.

For two days, young ambassadors asked 61 shoppers how they felt about the town.

Respondents were asked to rate Rotherham from one to five and describe their feelings about the town centre.

The embassy - based for one week in what used to be Thorntons, in All Saints Square - will screen a movie on September 24, presenting the results of the survey.

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