Before Christmas Crowborough Town Council welcomed students from Beacon Academy’s Council to discuss ideas and share feedback.
Crowborough’s Mayor & Deputy Mayor (Cllrs Peter Ellefsen and Cllr Martyn Garrett), Chairman of the Communication & Events Committee, Cllr Matthew Street and Town Clerk Andy Beams welcomed 12 students to the Council Chamber on the 19th December.
The students enjoyed a lengthy debate with the Councillors on subjects such as the maintenance and upkeep of the footpaths & alleyways of the town; the promotion of youth services & activities; the development of bicycle paths & public transport; the costs of various community events and how to attract further investment into Crowborough.
Mrs Mandy Davis, History Teacher at Beacon Academy, and staff liaison for the Academy Council commented:
I was very proud of the professional manner in which the students conducted themselves. They prepared well and were able to ask interesting and very pertinent questions. They listened carefully to the answers given by our local Councillors and I am certain benefitted greatly from the advice they were given on how to work towards getting their ideas implemented.
I would also like to thank our local Councillors for the warm and encouraging welcome the students received and the very full answers and advice they gave. We have begun a genuine dialogue and it was especially good to hear that our students now have an open invitation to get more involved in the future.
The Academy Council is made up of two elected students per year. The Council meet approximately once a term to discuss and debate issues and ideas raised by all year groups. The minutes or outcomes of these Council meetings are discussed at the highest level within the school, at Senior Leadership Team meetings and also with the Board of Trustees.