THE MAYOR of Macclesfield has challenged those in the borough who complain there is nothing for young people to do by launching a brand new initiative - Youth Zone.
Councillor Norman Edwards has proposed the initiative as a month-long promotion of youth activities across the borough of Macclesfield to celebrate its young people, present what's on offer and showcase their talent.
Coun Edwards said: "We are doing this to challenge people who say there is nothing for the young people to do and invite them to come and see for themselves what is available.
"There is also a feeling that young people in a group are up to no good. That is not always the case as they will be able to see for themselves.
"A young person in a baseball cap and hooded jacket is not necessarily a yob. They sometimes wear them against the weather as I often do when I am out walking."
The plan is for local organisations to be given the opportunity to highlight their work and achievements presenting a positive image of youth throughout the borough and a special event will be held in April 2006.
The mayor launched Youth Zone now to give youth groups and organisations a chance to get involved and time to plan.
He linked the launch with another advert of how young people play an important role for the good of the community and his pledge to encourage a healthier borough.
Teenagers from the Princes Trust cleaned up the nature pond at Marlborough Primary School which had become full of muck and overgrown.
Coun Edwards said: "They cleaned it up and rebuilt the paving around the pond to transform it back into a nice pond for the school. I helped to fill it back up with water.
"The young people from the trust and school showed a lot of interest in Youth Zone.
"It is about getting the youth of the whole borough much more involved in activities instead of sitting watching TV, interested in activities going on for the health benefits as well as keeping them occupied and out of trouble. We want to let them know what is available."
All organisations involved with young people such as schools, youth groups, uniformed groups and sport clubs will be invited to participate in Youth Zone.
As well as arts, leisure, community, environmental, outdoor, church, dance, drama, theatre or special interest groups.
The Rotary, Round Table and Lions will also be encouraged to take part in the arrangements along with local fire services and youth workers.
Coun Edwards said: "The emphasis will be to encourage existing groups to promote themselves and their routine activities rather than to initiate or organise additional events. The groups will be encouraged to make the month of April special in whatever way they feel is appropriate."
Macclesfield Borough Council will be a partner in the scheme, as will several other companies and organisations.
If you feel that you can be part of Youth Zone in any way contact Diane Smith on 01625 504750.