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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 April, 2005, 06:05 GMT 07:05 UK
Teen poll leaves mark on council
Dartford High Street
Thousands of teenagers in Dartford responded to the survey
A council in Kent has promised to tackle teenagers' concerns about crime and the lack of youth projects.

Thousands of local 12 to 18-year-olds aired their concerns to Dartford Borough Council in a survey by the Dartford Youth Council.

Nearly 75% of the 2,274 who responded believe Dartford lacks recreational grounds, while almost 70% felt there was a greater need for youth projects.

The youth council was formed in 2001 and is made up of 48 members.

Decision-makers

Youngsters from schools in the borough representing various backgrounds, views and opinions are on the council.

The chairman, 17-year-old Michael Horwood, said the council was all about getting young people to represent their peers and to pass on their views to democratic and political figures.

The questionnaire, entitled What Youth Wants, gave thousands of teenagers the chance to air their views on a range of issues.

The youth council's vice-chairman, 17-year-old Natasha Klus, said public transport is important so young people can "go out and socialise or go out shopping".

She added: "Crime is a major issue for young people because we're perceived as the type of people who would commit crime, but most of us are frightened of crime being committed against us."

Dartford Borough Council has promised to take the concerns on board.

Communications manager Tom Carney said the results of the survey would be passed to the council's Cabinet to be referred to by decision-makers.


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