Falkirk East MSP, Angus MacDonald has called for young people throughout his constituency to apply to become Young Placemakers. Mr MacDonald spoke after being photographed endorsing the campaign with Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive of Planning Aid for Scotland, and Kyle Thornton, the MSYP for Glasgow Southside and vice-chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament.

Young Placemakers is an initiative run by Planning Aid for Scotland, the independent and impartial organisation which enables citizens to shape their communities and engage more effectively with planning.

The campaign aims to recruit a network of 12 motivated young community leaders who will champion active citizenship and create a stronger voice for young people. Increasing involvement in the planning system will give young people a central role in the creation of Scotland’s future places.

Commenting, Mr MacDonald said:
“This is a very worthwhile initiative by Planning Aid for Scotland and I’d encourage as many young people as possible to apply. Representation in this campaign could help youngsters throughout our area to become involved in the decisions which will shape the way their communities look for the rest of their lives.

“I’d encourage any youngsters reading Falkirk Herald to go to and apply now!”

Petra Biberbach added:
"Young people are the missing piece in the planning jigsaw. They are currently disengaged with the process of planning and development, which plays a vital role in shaping the villages, towns, cities and country in which they will live, work and raise their family.”

Kyle Thornton MSYP said:
“As a Community Councillor and elected MSYP, I know how important planning can be in shaping the places where we live. I'd encourage every young person to check out the details, apply to be a placemaker and make a real difference in their local communities."

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