Chrystal clears Stour concerns
DEMOCRACY allows every citizen – no matter how young or old – to exercise the right to question those who make council decisions.
But at the Ashford Borough Council meeting last week, seven-year-old Chrystal Draper became the youngest ever speaker when she stepped forward from the public gallery to take the microphone.
Chrystal asked if the new Stour Centre leisure centre facilities would be available for use by schools.
Members broke out into applause at her efforts.
Chrystal was joined by fellow school council members from Downsview Infants school in Kennington, head teacher Fran Harris and staff member Joanne Hunt.
She was praised by both fully robed Mayor Norman Ayres and cabinet member responsible for the project, Cllr Jill Hutchinson.
Cllr Hutchinson confirmed that when it re-opens, the centre will be available for school use during term time every Tuesday and Thursday between 9am and noon and 1pm to 3pm.
She said: “That timetable has been established following consultation with 17 schools. Should there be increased demand we will, of course, try to accommodate this.
“The hours are similar to that offered prior to the remodelling of the centre.”
Downs Views Primary School - Chrystal Draper and members of the school council