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Mailbox: Doing best for young

Monday, 1 February 2010

Mailbox: Doing best for young

~ A letter that was featured in the Burton Mail, dated Monday, February 1st, 2010, following the article about my UKYP campaign: Leisure key to teen campaign You can also find out about the lack of things to do in Burton in my recent article:  Issue: lack of things to do

It was good to read Burton schoolboy Adam Clarke, in the Burton Mail, taking an active interest in his local surroundings and his ambition to become elected to the UK Youth Parliament.

Young people are the country's future and will be responsible for shaping our communities over time. 

As borough councillors, it is important that we engage actively with young people, to help shape our services particularly in leisure over the coming years.

As deputy leaders responsible for leisure and youth engagement, we are particularly interested in Adam's comments about the lack of leisure attractions.

The council does, in fact, offer many and varied activities for young people to get involved in through the Brewhouse arts centre, Shobnall Leisure Centre, and the town's extensive areas of open space. 

Once complete, the refurbished leisure centre will offer greatly improved facilities better aligned to the needs of our residents, including young people.

We would be keen to meet with Adam at any time in order to better understand his concerns, and discuss anything he feels would possibly improve how we promote and advertise our services.

Liz Staples, deputy leader for partnerships and youth engagement
Bernard Peters, deputy leader for environment and leisure

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