SALISBURY pupils have been sharing their vision for the city as part of this year’s Chamber of Commerce Schools Challenge

The Our City 20/20 Schools Challenge gives youngsters the chance to form their own views and analysis of the city and its future development.

Ideas proposed by those taking part in the challenge included more facilities and shops aimed at young people – both tourists and residents - and places that offer the brands they are actually looking for, without having to leave Salisbury and shop elsewhere to find them.

There was also recognition that much can be achieved to revitalise part of the city while maintaining a balance between a renowned medieval location with all its heritage and culture and a modern vibrant community.

Fran Nobis, the assistant head teacher of St Joseph’s Catholic School, who participated in the challenge, said: “The Our City competition is an exciting way to develop the next generation’s civic pride.

“Year 9 pupils at St Joseph’s Catholic School have enjoyed working together on the Our City project in their PSHE lessons, and many have come up with interesting and innovative suggestions for how to move our city forward.

“Several ideas are now being further developed to be presented on judging day.”

Some of the ideas put forward by pupils, where possible, can be incorporated into future planning.

Challenge organisers say it is crucial that, as Salisbury looks forward to the next decade, students’ views are heard and where possible, some of their ideas incorporated into future planning.

Andy Rhind-Tutt, the president of Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, said: “There have been some fantastic ideas amongst this year’s participants and this is just perfect timing as we apply for funding through the Government High Street Bid to help regenerate Salisbury.

“Hopefully some of the great initiatives by these young ambassadors will be taken forward. After all, one day it will be their City.”

This year’s challenge is being supported by Wilton Rotary Club, Wessex Archaeology, Winkworth Estate Agents, Wiltshire College, Salisbury NHS Trust, Porton Biopharma and Allum and Sidaway.

The deadline for entries to the Challenge has been extended to the middle of April and judging will take place at the Stones Hotel, High Post, on Saturday, April 27 when three age category winners will be announced.

Each category winning school receives £500 and a silver trophy.

Team members also receive shopping vouchers to use in Salisbury as well as hopefully becoming young ambassadors for the year.

The presentation to the overall winners will take place at the Salisbury Journal Education Awards in July.