As part of the local election coverage by Central Fife Times, all standing candidates have been given the opportunity to submit up to 150 words on any topic they wish, each week until polling day. My first hustings piece focuses on Youth Development.
Councillors rarely engage with residents in any meaningful way, while young people are completely ignored – except when they are singled out for condemnation for anti-social behaviour.
There is plenty of best practice showing how young people can be supported, given access to local facilities and activities and the chance to develop opportunities and skills so that they become assets for our towns.
The Community Action Plans created through extensive engagement with residents in the Lochgelly, Cardenden and Benarty ward reveal a common objective: the improvement of facilities and activities for young people. Yet Fife Council and Councillors have ignored this mandate.
If elected, I will work hard to make sure we invest the time, trust, money and knowledge our young people need.
Only by working with them as partners will we be able to encourage them to take ownership of local youth-based projects while developing their confidence and skills.