The first meeting of the newly formed Chesham Youth Council met late last month.

The inaugural meeting featured young people between the ages of 10 and 17, who have formed the town’s first youth council for more than five years.

The group allows young people a platform to raise their concerns about issues within the town, voice their visions for the future of Chesham and to learn skills such as public speaking.

During the first meeting the council appointed a chair, a vice-chair, a secretary and a press team.

Joseph Baum, who helped launched the meeting, said, "After nine months of preparation, it's great to be able to say that Chesham has a place for young people to get their voice heard.

“Initiatives like this are exactly what Chesham needs and will breathe new life into our town."

Youth Councillor, George Corby, said, "It was really pleasing to see how successful the inaugural meeting was. We have begun to feedback proposals to town councillors about Chesham. Everyone had a huge amount to suggest from improved lighting in Lowndes Park to a 'Chesham's Got Talent' show."