The Wester Hailes Open Space event took place on Saturday 25 April 2015. 74 people attended and were asked: What Future Do You Want For Wester Hailes? and How Can You Make It Happen?
In a departure from traditional engagement events, there was no agenda. Participants were, instead, asked to create their own agenda by suggesting topics that mattered to them. The group then split up to discuss these topics and explore those issues in greater detail.
Keen to encourage young people to have their say, the Youth Agency held a similar event for young people on 12th May. All of the young people were extremely animated in discussions about the issues that they felt strongly about. Topics of concern for young people included busy roads and cars going too fast, litter, legal highs, people smoking, drinking and causing disturbances, noisy neighbours, activities in the area for young people, antisocial behaviour, safety and discrimination.
A report has been compiled of discussions at both events and has been passed to the Wester Hailes Community Council as the representative body for the area. As well as forming an important resource of local priorities the report also highlights the interest people have in taking action themselves to make a difference in the area and to bring about the future they want to see for Wester Hailes.