Town council to join Facebook

IT COULD be a new era for the youth of Portishead after the town council announced it is to launch a new Facebook group to help it keep in touch with younger members of the community.

Use of the social networking site was one of several ideas discussed by councillors following their decision to set up a youth forum.

The forum will allow young people living in Portishead to have a voice on a variety of issues and on plans for shaping the growing town’s future.

The idea was proposed by long-standing councillor Barry Walters who noted that, following the May elections, Portishead town councillors were all approaching, if not already enjoying, their senior years.

Cllr Walters said: “The youth of Portishead needs to be engaged in issues that affect the town. Not only do we need to hear their ideas but also have them examine ways of managing these ideas to allow them to become a reality.”

The first youth forum meeting will be held on July 19 at 7pm at the Folk Hall in High Street.

Office assistant Helen Darwall, who will clerk the meeting, said: “We want any teenagers who want to take an interest in the future of their town to come along and talk about issues that are important to them. We hope that one day some of these young people will become town councillors themselves.”

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Young people interested in attending the meeting can just turn up but are asked to notify Helen of their proposed attendance. They can do this by emailing

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