Youth to have a say

PUBLISHED: 09:38 04 January 2008 | UPDATED: 15:53 09 June 2010

TOWN manager Tony Collins has offered youngsters a chance to get involved in Exmouth s regeneration aims. A series of committees investigating schemes boosting the town s economy will make room for youthful voices, according to Mr Collins.

TOWN manager Tony Collins has offered youngsters a chance to get involved in Exmouth's regeneration aims.

A series of committees investigating schemes boosting the town's economy will make room for youthful voices, according to Mr Collins.

The scheme has been formulated following a meeting with Exmouth Community College Principal Tony Alexander.

Town management projects such as a 'bags for life' scheme to focus minds on eco-friendly shopping, and a town loyalty card scheme will invite voluntary help from members of the public - including students.

Mr Collins said: "Exmouth Community College is educating businessmen and women of the future and I would really like to see the students get involved.

The loyalty card scheme and bags for life are big complex projects, and we need to connect with the wider community, those with the skills and the energy to help out.

"These schemes are real things, not box-ticking exercises, and I want to see ideas come out of these committees to build on our first raft of proposals. To get students thinking of what they want to see in the next ten or fifteen years would be fantastic."

Community College school council chairman Jon Woodcraft, 17, has already been in meetings with Mr Collins about a role for youngsters.

He said: "Young people hadn't really been given a proper, official voice for a long time and this is a great opportunity. It is all entirely voluntary, and the people on the school council are very committed and enthusiastic.

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