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18 and under? What do you want?

Boston's youngest and newest councillors are well on their way to knowing what residents of their age want. Seven Youth Council members took to the streets to quiz others about their issues and concerns as young people living in the borough. In two hours they filled out 46 questionnaires.

Maddy Eyre, Boston Borough Council's local communities officer, said: "They showed real enthusiasm and commitment to the job in hand; it really was excellent."

The team was based at the Community Rooms in Strait Bargate. Staff from Age UK Boston and South Holland, who work from there, were so impressed that they are to consider asking the youth council members to help with consultation for the organisation as they were "such a winning team".

The youth council's 12 members, aged 11 to 18, have put together a questionnaire for young people to help them draw up a programme of work.

Views can be expressed by completing the questionnaire and returning it to Boston Youth Council, c/o Maddy Eyre, Local Communities Development Officer, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 8QR

They can also complete one online on the borough council's website (useful links).

They can also email ideas to

Youth councillors hold office for one year and meet once a month, taking on similar areas of responsibility to the portfolio holders of Boston Borough Council, who they will develop working relationships with.

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The Boston Youth Council consultation team, from left, Amy Pearson, Smilte Matulionyte, Shehryar Khan, Egle Matulionyte, Aerisha Waheed, Mihir Rao and Damian Bemben