A youth forum questioned Wendover residents on which community issues they feel deserve a slice of the council’s £37,000 budget.
Last year, the Wendover Youth Forum held a consultation to ask locals what was important to them in the village and surrounding areas.
Bucks County Council’s Local Area Forum (LAF) initiated the survey as they needed to refresh the list of local priorities that influence how and where its £37,000 annual budget is spent.
Last June, the LAF invited Wendover Youth Forum to question residents about whether priorities from 2012 were still relevant, find out what issues were bubbling locally and gauge people’s concerns.
After surveying 333 residents in Wendover, Halton, Aston Clinton, Stoke Mandeville, Weston Turville, Buckland and Drayton Beauchamp, 30 youngsters spent a day sorting and ranking the results.
The top five issues, for which funded projects will be considered, included concern for lonely elderly and vulnerable people, speeding through villages, safer routes to schools, parking and activities and facilities for young people.
Residents’ other concerns, which will give the LAF issues on which to lobby, included the HS2 rail proposal and road improvements.
LAF chairman and county councillor Bill Chapple said he was proud of the way young people had played a strong community leadership role.
He said: “Researching and surveying are no easy tasks, yet they’ve presented their evidence of local people’s needs very professionally, and these are what we’ll focus on for the next couple of years.”
Director of Aylesbury Vale Youth For Christ Dave Rollins oversees the Wendover Youth Forum. He said: “The project has become a success through efforts of the young people and the support of the local youth leaders and parish councils. They’ve worked extremely hard, learned new skills and made new relationships in the process.”
Youth Forum member Alison Surgey said the research was hard work, but they had worked well as a team. She said: “It helped me to understand the needs in the community.”
The youth forum was set up in late 2012 to provide a voice for young people in the area.