people packed into Sevenoaks District Council's public gallery to
hear Cllr Peter Fleming introduce the Young People's Action Plan
to the Council at its meeting on Tuesday 30 October.
Action Plan, the culmination of a major consultation process which
included the young people present, was approved and will be officially
launched on 12 December at Eden Valley School.
Chairman of the Council, Cllr Peter Deans, broke with usual Council
protocol and invited Emma Stillman, aged 15 to address the meeting.
She thanked Cllr Fleming and members for their support with the
who is a member of Sevenoaks Youth Forum and lives at West Kingsdown,
was involved in the consultation process and has followed the progress
of the document with interest.
Stillman says: "On behalf of the young people who live in the
Sevenoaks District, we think it is a really good that the Council
has listened to our views. We want to work together to make the
District better for young people and now that our comments are down
on paper, we are looking forward to seeing the actions take place.
We would like to thank the Council for its commitment to us."
Young People's Action Plan reflected five main themes which were
identified during the consultation process that started a year ago.
The themes are opportunities to participate, things to do and places
to go, crime and anti-social behaviour, health and well being and
Action Plan pulls together the expertise and resources of a variety
of partners who have an interest in working with young people to
improve provision for them across the District.
exciting and unusual leaflet for young people has also been developed
to allow young people to access further information sources. It
reflects, in summary, the main themes and actions which are in the
Young People's Action Plan. It will be available for circulation
at the launch of the Action Plan on 12 December.
Peter Fleming, the Council Portfolio holder that covers young peoples
issues, says: "This Action Plan highlights the Council's commitment
to young people and to working in partnership with many colleagues
to address the challenges and aims that the consultation process
Fleming adds: "We are delighted that the young people have
been able to attend this meeting, during Youth Work 2001, Celebrating
Youth Action in the Community and I look forward to their ongoing
commitment to seeing this Action Plan evolve."