Tony Oakley, Head Teacher at Mark Way School, invited Sir George Young, Councillor Phil North and County Councillor David Kirk to meet students to discuss ways of improving facilities for young people in the town. "A number of year 11s wrote to me asking me if there could be more facilities for young people in Andover and I thought the best way to respond was to come along with Phil North and David Kirk to exchange ideas." After a number of workshops and then a question and answer session with year 11, all three politicians came away with a clearer idea of what young people wanted. "David Kirk repeated his idea of a pub for young people that didn't sell alchohol, and said he was game to pursue this if some promoters and supporters could be found. Phil North promised to look to see what Test Valley Borough Council could do to provide better and more accessible facilities. I was asked whether there were any plans to ban smoking in open public places, to which the answer is "no"."
Sir George said that this had been a most worthwhile exercise "In addition to us learning more about what they want, I hope we were able to give them an insight into the challenges that meet politicians, in juggling local priorities and in deciding how much extra income tax or council tax people are prepared to pay."