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St Albans Youth Council invite councillor to talk about making play areas more inclusive

09 August 2023

St Albans Youth Council members are excited to be involved in shaping the future development of recreation spaces for children and young people in Harpenden and St Albans.

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During a productive discussion with Cllr Allison Wren, young people aged 11 to 17 shared their ideas for developing local community leisure facilities for all children and young people to enjoy.

In preparation for her visit, the young people spent time at their weekly meetings discussing what improvements they would like to see and formulating questions for the councillor. They proposed the addition of play equipment for disabled children and highlighted areas that need improvement, such as Westfield Road recreation space in Harpenden and Longacres in St Albans. The developments suggested will be shared with Harpenden Town and St Albans City and District councillors.

Cllr Wren was impressed by the youth council's dedication, saying:

“Such a pleasure to meet you [all] yesterday. What an impressive group - and I'm still thinking about how their questions to me were really searching and pertinent to my job as a councillor”.

St Albans Youth Council have invited Cllr Wren to return in the autumn term to report on progress and discuss the next steps.

Supported by Services for Young People Youth Workers, the St Albans Youth Council meet every Monday at Harpenden Young People's Centre from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and are always looking to welcome new members.

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