Young people to be quizzed on views of environment and transport

YOUNG people in East Sussex are being asked for their views as part of a county-wide questionnaire on transport and the environment.

Organised by the East Sussex Youth Cabinet, subjects in the spotlight include bus services, recycling and climate change.

The questionnaire is available to complete online at connexions360.org.uk/youthcabinet and is being sent to all students across East Sussex this week.

The results will be fed back to transport and environment chiefs at County Hall and bus and train operators in March.

It asks for young people’s opinions on a range of environmental issues such as global warming, waste reduction and air pollution.

Participants will also answer a host of questions designed to find out how public transport services in the county meet their needs, including the frequency of buses and trains, discounted travel fares and how easy it is to access travel information. The Youth Cabinet, which provides a voice for young people in East Sussex, hopes that the results will be used by decision makers to improve public transport services and help schools become more energy efficient.

The East Sussex Youth Cabinet was elected in December 2009 by 17,820 young people to campaign on the issues that matter to them most, with transport and the environment billed as top of the agenda.

Six members of the Youth Cabinet also represent the county at a national level in the Youth Parliament.

They recently attended a national debate at the House of Commons where they voiced young people’s views on a range of issues including tuition fees and sexual health.