Young get their say on services

YOUNGSTERS across the county are getting the chance to have their say on key issues and services.

A series of roadshows, run by the Young People in Northumberland group, is now at the half-way point.

Eight high schools have taken part so far and there are eight yet to receive a visit from the team, including King Edward VI School in Morpeth and Ponteland High School.

All pupils are encouraged to take part — areas are set aside where young people can drop in during break and lunch times to give their views about a variety of topics in a number of creative ways.

Topics listed for discussion include transport, university fees, local facilities, young people in the media, crime and the 2012 Olympics. Other issues the participants would like to raise are also welcome.

The group will collect all of the views and information and feed this back to county council officers and members for use in future planning.

Youth participation worker for Northumberland County Council Luke Bramhall said: “The roadshows have already proved to be useful and popular in the eight high schools visited to date.

“We hope to get a good turnout and just as much input to the discussion topics from the eight schools we’re planning to visit in the coming weeks.”