Young people need to get involved in hot local issues

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After my last column, I received a little bit of feedback from various quarters.

Some were expressing similar concerns to myself about the charter trustees, others felt I was coming across as “an angry man” with very little positive to say.

From my perspective, I feel I am constructive and that I highlight what I feel can be done better to help Grantham grow and regenerate.

Obviously, it is up to our elected representatives, of all political parties, our councillors, both district and county and our MP to drive forward any programmes for change they have, in order to make a difference. That is why they were elected.

I simply put forward another view. I do this because I am proud to live in Grantham and I am proud to call Grantham my home. I want my children to grow up having pride in their home town, get a good education, find work and lead a successful life, without the need to move too far away.

Grantham has true potential. A potential that needs to be realised to ensure a strong future for all that grow up here, or choose to settle here in the future. That is why the consultations that are currently on-going and coming up before Christmas are so important.

It is the chance for the public of Grantham, both young and old, to have their say on how Grantham develops over the next fifteen years.

The next fifteen years could be some of the most important for a large proportion of our town and our country.

Teenagers and young adults will be leaving school, college, university and moving on into the world of work. What kind of career opportunities will there be for them in Grantham? Will there be enough affordable housing for them? Will Grantham help them achieve their ambitions?

I wonder how many teenagers and young adults know about the decisions that are being made and how much they could impact them.

I wonder how many read articles like mine in the Journal. I also wonder if they only knew how much of a difference they could make if they got involved.

by David Burling