Six new Erewash youth councillors elected

Derbyshire's new Youth Council.
Derbyshire's new Youth Council.

More than 22,000 young people had the opportunity to cast their votes to decide the line-up of the next Derbyshire Youth Council.

During a week of voting, pupils in a total of 42 schools, special schools, academies and colleges took part in the voting process.

They chose which of the 117 hopefuls would take up a seat on the youth council, with 42 seats up for grabs.

Six of those are in the Erewash area.

They go to: Luke Butler (Bennerley Fields Specialist Speech and Language College), Corey Brown (Derby College Broomfield site), Mark Wadey (Kirk Hallam Community Academy), Bethan Sansome (Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy), Regan Till (St John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy) and Alex Riley (The Long Eaton School).

The successful candidates will be youth council members for the next two years.

The youth council represents secondary schools, special schools, colleges, and children in care and will be made up of elected members aged from 11 to 19.

The full council meets for a full day conference every two months to work on projects.

They also discuss issues important to young people, and attend other partner meetings.

The date of the first conference for the newly-elected councilors will be Saturday, March 19 at County Offices, Matlock.

Young people in Derbyshire were able to canvass for a place, with support from schools, parents and county council staff.

Schools helped promote the elections and encouraged young people to get involved.

DCC Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Damien Greenhalgh, said: “I’m thrilled that so many young people have put themselves forward for Derbyshire’s new youth council.

“My huge congratulations go to the successful candidates who become our newest youth councillors.”

“I look forward to working closely with them over the next two years.”