New chairman for youth council in Hailsham

Hailsham Youth Council appointed a new chairman and new officers at its Annual General Meeting last week.

Michael Cullen was elected chairman, while Nadia Rahman, Jack Izzard and Ella Evans were elected vice-chairman, treasurer and secretary respectively. Other appointed members include Thomas Lilliott as assistant treasurer and Maddie Carr as assistant secretary, all pupils of Hailsham Community College.

Hailsham Youth Council gives a voice for 11 to 19 year olds from Hailsham and surrounding villages, enabling them to raise issues and initiatives with the main town council, and impact local government policies. Meetings to discuss youth involvement in local government and general issues they feel are important take place on a monthly basis, and are reported to the town council for consideration.

Since its re-launch in September 2009, Hailsham Youth Council was partly responsible for the proposal to construct a skate park on the Maurice Thornton Playing Field behind Hailsham East Community Centre and had supported proposals for a new outdoor gym to be installed at Western Road Recreation Ground.

New chairman Michael Cullen, 17, said: “The Youth Council has been very successful over the past few years and we are looking forward to continuing that success. We have many events planned for 2015 alongside our twin town Gournay-en-Bray, and we will continue to express the youth of Hailsham’s voice.”

Hailsham Youth Council meets fortnightly on Friday afternoons at the town council offices. To become a member call Andy Joyes on 01323 841702.