CHILDREN are being encouraged to play a part in local decision making by North Devon Council. The council is sending out the message that you are never too young to get involved. It is highlighting the case of a group of young cycle fans who wanted to

CHILDREN are being encouraged to play a part in local decision making by North Devon Council.The council is sending out the message that you are never too young to get involved. It is highlighting the case of a group of young cycle fans who wanted to promote their sport.Junior club members of the Guerciotti/JJCoach.com collected 120 signatures in support of their calls for the council to find some land to turn into a cycle-speedway track. They went to meet council Leader Councillor Mike Harrison, to present their petition, supported by fellow club member Councillor David Luggar.Sam Parker, aged 13, from Barnstaple, said: "At the moment, our closest track is in Exeter, so we want something closer to home. Not only will it offer us a safe play facility here, but we believe it will also encourage other children to get involved in the sport and keep fit."Portfolio Holder for Youth and Diversity Councillor David Butt said: "I admire the drive in these young people, who have taken the initiative and brought these names to us. As a council, we want young people to play an active role in the future of North Devon, and this a good example of that in action."The council will now consider the request, to see if anything can be done.