Chrys­tal clears Stour con­cerns

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

Pic­ture Gary Browne pd1196553

Downs Views Pri­mary School - Chrys­tal Draper and mem­bers of the school coun­cil

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