We may not be able to solve your problems but at least we will give you a fair hearing and give it our best shot.
This is a chance to encourage open discussion about our democracy and we are especially keen to involve young people. Alan Rankin of the Lib Dems is organising an event and has invited Labour members and Green party members to attend. It is an open meeting and anyone is welcome – please spread the word to encourage friends and especially young people to come along. The theme is :
My Voice, Our Voices, Democracy in the U.K. today and tomorrow
Nursteed Centre from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday 27th June with pizza available. Entry - and pizza - is free to 16 to 25 year olds. A donation of £5 is suggested from others to cover costs. People are invited to speak for a maximum of three minutes on a theme related issue such as:
Proportional Representation vs Westminster FPTP system
Alternative voting systems
Should 16 year olds be eligible to vote?
The House of Lords, the good, bad and the ugly.
Why can’t we vote electronically?
Should there be a maximum age to be eligible to vote?
Democracy, what it means to me.
A cross Party group of demonstrators protested to Wiltshire Council about their decision to close Braeside and Oxenwood Outdoor Education Centres.
You will find below, the link to the webcast of today’s full council meeting at County Hall in Trowbridge. The petition was presented and there followed a council debate on the points raised, resulting in a motion that was voted in unanimously (88 for, none against, one abstention).
Wiltshire Council have listened to their constituents. They have committed to carry out an open and transparent review of the bids from interested organisations - of which there are several - to take over the running of Braeside and Oxenwood.
A well supported meeting discussed Wiltshire Council's surprise decision to close Braeside and Oxenwood Education with speakers from Labour, Lib Dems the Green Party and Lucy Gomes a parent who started a petition against the closures. Lucy will be presenting the petition which now has nearly 16,000 signatures, to Councillors at County Hall, Trowbridge on 22nd May.
Pictures by Bob Naylor.
On the 17th of April protesters against the planned closures gathered at the former Devizes Grammer School complex to make their outrage known.
and were joined by the children who were at the centre in Devizes, who could be the last youngsters to enjoy the benefit of the establishment if Wiltshire Council have their way.
There is a great deal of anger surrounding this decision from a wide cross section of the community. A petition of some 15,000 signatures has been presented and meetings are being planned to accomodate further discussion in the next few weeks
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