New Faces in the Free Press

A month ago B.B reported that the Community Council had gained two teenage members.

The Fife Free Press has now interviewed them after the first meeting of the new Council. (complete article)

Brendan, a youth worker with Kirkcaldy YMCA, and Natalie, a travel and tourism student at Fife College, first became interested in local politics when they joined Burntisland Youth Action Group three years ago, helping to put forward the views of residents in the Castle area of the town, where they both live.

Through that they have helped improve lighting, parking and a playpark as well as organising events for young people, including a big music event held in the summer.

“We went along to a community barbecue organised by Fife Council’s community learning and development in September as part of the youth group and got speaking to some local councillors who told us about the community council and the elections,” explained Brendan.

“That was when we decided to put our names forward because we felt that we could be a good link between the young people and the town.”

Natalie added: “We thought it would be good to put our views across to come up with more ideas to help them to see what young people want.

“At the moment there seems to be a gap and older people see the town a lot differently to us.”

BYAG members also met another (future) Community Councillor, Yvonne Crombie (Toll Community Centre manager) at the Castle community event on the first of September.

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