Release date: 27 November 2019
Youth Cabinet members were given a look behind the scenes at West Sussex County Council as part of national Youth Takeover Day (Friday 22 November).
The young people visited a range of services across the county including Chichester Fire Station, the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) at Ford and the Highways Depot at Drayton.
Maxwell Dwyer (Youth Cabinet member for Durrington) and Daisy Watson-Rumbold (Youth Cabinet member for Arundel) started with a visit to the West Sussex County Council Customer Service Centre in Durban Road, Bognor Regis with Cabinet Member for Economy and Corporate Resources, Bob Lanzer.
Daisy then went on to visit the Communications and Engagement Team at County Hall Chichester. She said: “It was interesting to learn about customer data and services, especially how many interactions they have throughout the year.
"Everyone was really welcoming to both Max and I. I found working with the Communications and Engagement team really helpful and intriguing.”
Leila Dobson (Youth Cabinet member for Angmering) and Jorja Lindridge (Youth Cabinet member) met Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, Roger Elkins, and began their day with a visit to the Drayton Highways Depot.
They were later given a tour of the MRF at Ford with Cabinet Member for the Environment, Deborah Urquhart. One of the best in the country, the facility enables over half the total household waste in West Sussex to be recycled.
Malachi Furamera (Youth Cabinet member for Crawley) took part in a visit to Chichester Fire Station with member for Selsey, Carol Purnell. They had a tour around the station and watched a practise drill.
Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, accompanied Anah Zakeer (Youth Cabinet member for Crawley), Mapesho Kyakilika (Youth Cabinet member for East Grinstead) and Iffat Rahman (Youth Cabinet member), to the Manor Green College School in Crawley.
Iffrah said: “Manor Green was a really lovely, friendly and welcoming school. It was a pleasure to meet the head teacher and students, and learn about how the school works. The day was very successful and I enjoyed my visit thoroughly.”
AnnMarie Dodds, Assistant Director for Early Help, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our Youth Cabinet to find out more about what the county council does and the role of councillors.
“I know they had a brilliant time and enjoyed learning about recycling, the fire service and highways amongst other things and it was great to see them engaging in this way.”
Youth Cabinet members range in ages from 11-18 and are elected by their peers to represent all areas of West Sussex (likely to be where they live) and meet up once or twice a month.