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Students to give teenager views of markets

Students from Boston schools and academies are to give insights into the town's markets from the perspective of the younger generation.

The senior school pupils have accepted a challenge from Boston Borough Council's Markets Review Task Group to put their spin on a review of the markets. A number of consultations had already been undertaken to provide the task group with feedback. 

The group has agreed that as shopping trends continue to change, it is essential that Boston both maintains its prized markets with their unique shopping offer and try to improve them for  both local residents and also to encourage and increase the visitor economy. 

It became obvious to the group that a further consultation exercise was needed with a new perspective, from younger residents.

Students and teachers attended a meeting at Boston's Guildhall to undertake the challenge laid down by the review group chairman, Cllr Judith Skinner, and on Wednesday, May 16, they will tour the markets to complete their report. 

The students will then attend a meeting of the review group in June, where they will present their findings.  The Leader of the Council, portfolio holders and senior officers will all be in attendance, grateful for the schools' and academies' support and input.

After the meeting the students have been invited into the council chamber to meet the councillors and officers informally and to view the official borough regalia.

Cllr Skinner said: "When we decided to approach the schools we could not have dreamt of the response we would get.

"Students from Boston Grammar School, Boston High School, Giles Academy and Haven High Academy are all taking part and we have in excess of 45 students involved in this exercise. Myself and all the group members are extremely grateful of their support and we hope to be able to engage further with the students in the future."

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