Wyre Council were delighted to welcome members of Garstang Youth Council to the Civic Centre in Poulton this week for an opportunity to discuss key issues affecting young people in the town.
Formed in 2012, Garstang Youth Council represents young people from Garstang, and the meeting on Wednesday 25 April gave them the chance to meet councillors and officers, to raise their questions and to discuss issues that are important to them.
Led by Young Mayor Nathan Halford, the youth councillors first took part in a session focusing on mental health. Councillor Michael Vincent, Health and Community Engagement Portfolio Holder for Wyre Council and Wyre and County Councillor Shaun Turner answered their questions and talked about what we are doing in Wyre to support the wellbeing of young people.
Councillor Andrea Kay, lead member for children and young people at Wyre Council, and representatives from Lancashire County Council’s Children and Family Wellbeing Service introduced themselves and talked about the services they provide, creating a key link for future discussions between the members of the session.
Next, a more formal meeting in the council chamber took place in which the youth council were able to hear more about Wyre’s finances and planning policies. In 2017 Garstang Youth Council put together a report to explore how local infrastructure, funded by Lancashire County Council and Wyre Council, will deal with increased demand for public services. From this report, the youth council put forward a series of important questions which were addressed by the officers and councillors present.
Councillor Pete Murphy, Planning and Economic Development Portfolio Holder at Wyre Council played a key role in the discussions and comments: “It is great to see a group of young people involved in the betterment of their area and long may this continue. This meeting has been a good opportunity for everyone involved. I believe we have all come away better informed with lots of exciting work to look forward to.”
Edwina Parry, Town Clerk at Garstang Town Council comments: “What a great evening! It was very informative and an excellent opportunity for the youth council to meet members and officers of both Lancashire County Council and Wyre Council. The youth council have been offered support in a number of areas and we look forward to working more closely with the two authorities.”
To find out more about Garstang Youth Council visit garstangtowncouncil.org