YOUNG people and Citizenship teachers from high schools and colleges across Cheshire West and Chester are invited to take part in the democratic life of the borough.

They have all been asked to attend the overview and scrutiny committee meeting on December 3 at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School.

Deputy chairman Councillor Gareth Anderson, who is also a teacher, said: “Democracy is part of the syllabus for the national curriculum for Citizenship in Key Stages 3 and 4.

“And we have invited students and Citizenship teachers to either contact us or, better still, come to our meeting to see and take part in democracy in action.

“Cheshire West and Chester Council believes it is vital everyone, including our younger residents, really influence what is happening in their street, village, town and borough.

“Our overview and scrutiny committee has already led the way in terms of public involvement in questioning our executive members, publishing highlights of our meetings on YouTube ( cheshirewest) and giving people a direct chance to raise issues of concern to them and their communities.

“Although we have been pleased to work with representatives from a number of schools across the borough, we want to go much further.

“At our December meeting we are holding a session where we are looking for ideas from students as to how we can get teenagers involved in what the council does for them.”

Cllr Anderson added: “We are willing to look at any ideas and suggestions which could involve students helping to shape our borough.

“We would welcome ideas by email or post beforehand and we would welcome students and teachers attending the meeting.”

The overview and scrutiny committee meeting begins on Thursday, December 3, at 5pm at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, Capenhurst Lane.

For further details, call Cllr Anderson on 07939 544533 or email or call senior scrutiny manager Penny Housley on 01244 975972 or email penny.housley@cheshirewestand