On Thursday 14th March, Macclesfield Town Council held its third annual Macclesfield Youth Summit at the Town Hall.
40 students from All Hallows, Fallibrome Academy, Tytherington School, Kings School and Just Drop In attended.
The group discussed topics including crime and antisocial behaviour, conservation and opportunities for young people.
At this year’s event, the students were mixed into different groups so that they were working with young people from different areas of the town.
They were given the opportunity to discuss topics, with input from Macclesfield Police, Rotary Club of Macclesfield Castle, Macc-tastic Less plastic, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, Macclesfield Police and The Prince’s Trust.
Previous Macclesfield Youth Summit events have resulted in a number of initiatives in the town.
These include Macclesfield Pride, street sports, play area renovations, improvements on the Middlewood Way and the new Town Ranger service (which will start on 1st April).
Macclesfield Youth Summit 2019 also generated a bank of ideas which can be explored by officials over the next year.
These include; how we might deal with litter, increasing evening activities for young people age 14-17, pop up stalls in schools on drug and alcohol education, planting more trees, and an event to bring young and older people together.
Helena Gowler, community engagement officer for Macclesfield Town Council, commented: “This was our best attended Youth Summit event so far.
“The discussions which took place demonstrate just how much young people care about the present and the future of our town.
“We look forward to working with the students over the coming year to develop some of the ideas which were put forward.”