Speaking their mind

14th September 2001 at 01:00
GLASGOW'S youth spokesperson said the city's youth surgeries were popular and had shown pupils could influence decisions. One group had campaigned for better road safety measures near their school and a group of Asian girls complained they could not go swimming because classes were mixed. Both issues were tackled.

"Young people I speak to are interested in issues, it's just they feel a lack of power," Catriona Renton said. Junior citizen's panels revealed public transport to be the chief concern in gaining access to services. "Kids are saying it's great having free swimming in Glasgow, but how do we get there?" School dinners were another key issue, and the stigma of free meals was raised. Relationships with the police and vandalism were other significant issues.

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