First Patchway youth meeting held

The inaugural meeting of Patchway Town Council’s new youth committee was held earlier this month.

The newly formed youth committee met for the first time on Monday 15th November and elected Conservative South Gloucestershire Councillor for Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge and Patchway Town Councillor, Brian Hopkinson, as Chairman.

Councillors in the town aim to improve the way they work with neighbouring parishes, including Bradley Stoke, to ensure that local young people from across the area are properly catered for.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Hopkinson, who is also the Link Monitoring Officer for youth services on Bradley Stoke Town Council, said:

“I am delighted that we have had our first meeting because establishing this committee is something I have been pushing for over a number of years.”

“In reality, most young people in the area don’t recognise when they cross over from one parish into another and so that’s why town and parish councils have to improve the way they work together to ensure a more coordinated approach to providing youth activities and services.”

“Particularly in these straightened times, public bodies, voluntary organisations and others have got to get even better at getting more bang for their collective buck.”

“The aim of this new committee is very much to drive this agenda forward and ensure that we are working together to deliver the best possible outcomes for local young people spread over a number of different parishes.”

Cllr Hopkinson and Bradley Stoke Mayor, Ben Walker, recently secured a commitment from South Gloucestershire Council to fund more equipment for Bradley Stoke youngsters, including DJ equipment.

Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council

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