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Students have their say on city plans

23 January 2024

Business students at Chichester College have been given a valuable insight into city politics and planning.

Rhys Chant, Councillor for Chichester City Council, visited A-level Business students to talk about the city and how the council operates, from funding sources and responsibilities to stakeholders to the council’s use and development of business plans.

The visit came as the council published its latest business plan, as they were keen to hear from local students about how they feel about the city of Chichester and what the council wants to achieve – citing the importance of giving young people a chance to engage with politics.

Jo Reeves, business lecturer at Chichester College, said: “This was a great opportunity for our students to share their opinions and feelings about their local area, and how they’d like the city to develop in the future.

“It also provided a valuable insight into the process of building a public sector business plan and how this is similar to, and differs from, a private sector business plan. The students responded well to the visit and engaged keenly with the plan that Rhys presented.

“The session offered a chance for students to learn more about local politics – the responsibilities of the city council and the role the city councillors have.”

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