Get involved! Send photos, video, news & views. Text WILTS GAZETTE to 80360 or email us
Young set good example
12:00am Friday 21st September 2012 in News
Devizes Town Council is to consider co-opting teenagers on to their committees.
The initiative is being looked at as a way of understanding the views of young people on a range of issues.
Last week town councillors were given a presentation by members of Ringwood Town Council who have appointed teenagers from the sixth form of their local school as student advisors on their committees.
Ringwood town clerk Terry Simpson said the teenagers were allowed to stay and take part in the confidential session of the meetings, when the public and press are excluded, and none of them had breached confidentiality.
Mr Simpson said: “The average age of councillors on town and parish councils is well over 60. By having student advisors we are trying to get the best information.”
Devizes Town Council will decide whether to go ahead with the scheme at a future meeting.