Bus fares and the standard of school toilets were amongst the issues discussed at a joint meeting of senior North Ayrshire councillors and the area’s Youth Council Executive, held last week at Garnock Academy in Kilbirnie.
Representing North Ayrshire Council were members of the local authority’s SNP Cabinet who took onboard the concerns raised by their opposite numbers on the Youth Council. Information was provided regarding reduced-rate travel options for young people in North Ayrshire, and head-teachers in local schools will now be asked to contribute to a review of toilet facilities on their premises.
A spokesperson for North Ayrshire Council said the aim of joint meetings is to “give young people a greater than ever say in the way their local authority operates”.
All schools in the district have been asked to send representatives to the North Ayrshire Youth Conference, which will be held in the Ardeer Centre on Friday, November 8. The event, run on the theme of ‘improving outcomes for young people’ will deliver workshops on alcohol advice, knife culture, media and technology, and the Commonwealth Fund.
Cllr Ruth Maguire, the SNP-run Council’s Youth Champion said, “These meetings are an essential part of our approach as a Council that listens to young people – and acts on what they tell us.”
Council leader Willie Gibson also supported the initiative, noting that “Young people put a whole new perspective on things.”