Bassetlaw students put councillors under spotlight at young people’s question time

Bassetlaw District Councillors answering questions from young people Outwood Academy in Worksop.
Bassetlaw District Councillors answering questions from young people Outwood Academy in Worksop.

Post-16 students have given their local councillors a grilling at the annual Young People’s Question Time at Outwood Academy in Worksop.

Bassetlaw District Councillors answered questions on a variety of topics from young people’s entry into politics to local issues facing Worksop by a 100 strong audience of A-level students.

The event comes as Bassetlaw District Council encourages local young people to take part and better understand the democratic process.

One question asked was by Kieran Tingle who wanted to know if it was hard for people to get into politics without a good education.

Councillor Hazel Brand, independent representative for Misterton, said: At a district council level, I firmly believe a love and concern for your local community is far more valuable than a high standard of education.”

Another question, posed by Daniel Coleman, asked what the Council was doing to improve deprived areas as Worksop.

Conservative Councillor, Tracey Taylor, responded that she thought the biggest issue facing the town was “perception”, particularly in regards to issues of unemployment.

She added that the quality of local academies and new apprenticeships were a great way to get people into employment and increase aspirations for the young people of Worksop.

Other issues discussed included the building of the new Worksop bus station, along with the potential devolution of power from central government.

While Councillor Hazel Brand thought more power should be devolved to parish councils, Councillor Tracey Taylor said she believed in more power for local communities, but was concerned about the cost effectiveness of too many governmental tiers.

For 13-18 year olds wanting to have their say on local issues that affect them and their communities, join the Bassetlaw Youth Council by contacting youth.council@bassetlaw.gov.uk or visiting www.facebook.com/bassetlawyouthcouncil