Amazing Grace: Holt would be a better place if youths had a say on running of town

Teenager Grace Flowerday wants the voice of young people to be heard in Holt.

Teenager Grace Flowerday wants the voice of young people to be heard in Holt. - Credit: Archant

A teenager is calling for the voice of the younger generation to be heard in her home town.

Grace Flowerday hopes young people can become more engaged with events and activities in Holt. And the 13-year-old would like to see a youth council created to help connect youngsters with the wider community.

Public spirited Grace, pictured, is following in the footsteps of her grandmother Elizabeth Traynier who has been a member of Holt Town Council since 2003.

The Sheringham High School pupil joined Mrs Traynier to share her ideas at this month's town council meeting.

'Sometimes the youth feel disconnected from the rest of the town' said Grace.

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'There is some great stuff going on here, but does not happen as regularly as young people would like.

'It would be really good to have a youth council that could work with the town council.'

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She added: 'It seems there is more going on in places like Sheringham and Holt could be improved with more input from the youth.

Grace is hoping young people could be given a role in organising events in the town such as North Norfolk Railway's 1940s weekend.

The first move could see her working with fellow Sheringham High School pupils from Holt to take their ideas forward.

'I am trying to create a more positive image for young people,' said Grace.

'Some see us as scary or anti-social, but if we had more things to do it would bring the best out of us.

'We have got talents that are not being used. If we could have more responsibilities that would be a good life lesson.'

Mrs Traynier said: 'Grace has talked to us quite a lot about the issue and how she would like the youth to have a greater voice. I don't think we do our youngsters in Holt any favours and are not open to what they need.

'If we can get a group of like minded souls to put their feelings to the council that would be a good thing.'

Grace has been invited back to update the council about the progress of the project.

Last month a group of concerned parents called for more activities be provided for young people in Holt in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour in the town.

David Hall and Paul Finlayson said they wanted to create a venue where older children and teenagers could learn skills such as carpentry and cooking.

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