THE NEXT generation of politicians could be in the making in Saddleworth thanks to plans for a new local Youth Council.
Saddleworth Parish Councillors Jamie Curley and Katrina Roman gained support for their idea at the Parish’s meeting in June.
Cllr Curley explained: “We are looking at setting up a Youth Council along the lines of the existing Oldham Youth Council.
“They could meet once a quarter, have their own agenda, have debates, and raise issues they care about.
“It would allow the young people of Saddleworth to have their say and input on issues locally. We want to make sure they have a voice and are listened to.
“They might even come up with things we’ve not thought about because they see things from a different perspective.”
Cllr Roman added: “We envisage it will open a lot more doors for our young people and make them more active in the community.
“They are a big section of our society and they should feel involved and have an input.”
Cllrs Curley and Roman will be putting the plans into action over the coming months so look out for more information in the Independent.
Meanwhile, Marouf Ahmed has been sworn in as the eighth Youth Mayor of Oldham, taking over from T Jay Turner.
Marouf, who lives in Coppice with his parents and siblings, is currently a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Liverpool.
Marouf joined the Oldham Youth Council four years ago and has also served as the Member of Youth Parliament for Oldham.