South Molton teenagers invited to join youth council

Joseph Bulmer

Open evening next week for young people to have a say in running their town

YOUNG people and parents in South Molton are invited to come along to an opening evening to find out about the town youth council and how to get involved.

The event will be held at the Amory Centre in East Street on Thursday of next week (February 10) at 7pm. Refreshments will be provided.

There will be an opportunity to chat to members of South Molton Town Council plus members of Barnstaple Youth Council.

The youth council has been set up by the town council and is aimed at giving young people aged between 13 and 19 an opportunity to voice their opinions directly and get involved in areas that matter to them.

Their opinions can then be passed to the district council as well as local groups such as the South Molton Business Association.

As part of their role, youth councillors attend regular meetings, take part in projects and attend civic functions.

PC Graham James, neighbourhood beat manager for the town, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in the town to have their say on issues that affect them.

“We now have what I believe to be the best play park facility in North Devon with some amazing equipment. The opening of the new Youth Resource Centre is imminent so it is a really exciting time for young people in this area.

“As a local policing team, we have regular contact with young people and engage with local schools, Devon Youth Service and the skate crew to name but a few.”

To find out more about the youth council, contact town clerk Malcolm Gingell on (01769) 572501 or email