R4U’s Uttlesford Youth Council initiative gets green light

R4U) has announced that its Uttlesford Youth Council has been given the go ahead by Uttlesford District Council.

Uttlesford District Council approved a new programme of youth engagement last week when it gave the green-light to establish the Uttlesford Youth Council. The programme was initially co-sponsored by R4U Cllrs Paul G Fairhurst and Barbara Light who are now part of the cross-party working group that was formed set it up, chaired by Independent Councillor Mark Lemon.

Paul Fairhurst (R4U) Paul Fairhurst (R4U)

R4U’s Cllr Paul G Fairhurst said “The next generation will need to live with the decisions made by the council today, so it is critical that they have a voice right now. We are excited to have conceived and championed the Uttlesford Youth Council initiative. Now that UDC has given the go ahead, we expect the Youth Council to be in place by April. We’d like to thank the Uttlesford Youth Initiative that have provided a grant to get things up and running.

Barbara Light (R4U) Barbara Light (R4U)

Cllr Barbara Light, R4U’s shadow cabinet councillor for education, said “The needs of younger people are often ignored by local government, but the decisions made by the Council affect their lives every day. Each of Uttlesford’s secondary schools will have 3 councillors on the Youth Council, plus 3 more who live locally but are not at local schools.  They will be self-governing and meet on a regular basis to provide input into a wide range of district council initiatives.  We’ve received very strong support from educators and young people alike. We can’t wait to get started!

About Residents for Uttlesford

Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) is the local party of towns and villages. The party was formed by a number of residents’ groups in north Essex to provide a strong, independent voice for the views of the residents of the area. The party believes that on local issues locals should decide, not the Westminster party whip.

Uttlesford residents achieved substantial election gains in May 2015. Election successes were based on the group’s localism advocacy platform and the desire to create and implement long range strategic and sustainable plans for their area.

Residents for Uttlesford has 11 Uttlesford District Councillors, an Essex County Councillor, and many Town and Parish Councillors. It is the Second Party at Uttlesford District Council and the first party at Saffron Walden Town Council.

Residents for Uttlesford can be found on the web at www.residents4u.org. Also available on the website are latest News,  councillor bios and blogs.

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