Queen Elizabeth Community College students quizzed a panel of district and county councillors and a police sergeant last week as part of Local Democracy Week. With a teacher taking on the role of David Dimbleby the pupils were able to ask the panel about any concerns they had.
Mid Devon District Council invited schools to take part in activities during Local Democracy Week. Councillors found it very interesting and will be taking forward a number of the ideas raised in both sessions with Tiverton High School and Queen Elizabeth Community College (QECC).
Councillors were impressed with the quality and range of questions put to the panel.
* I would like to raise concerns about the amount of money being spent on the public consultation for the bypass rather than actually building it
* What are the main problems the police face in this area?
* We want an eco school but businesses and schools have to pay to have their recycling collected, how do you expect them to recycle?
Consultation and Youth Involvement Officer Amy Gratton said ‘The young people impressed councillors with the interest shown in their local areas and local politics. Issues have been identified and the young people have £500 donated by the Council to spend on a project that will benefit the community. QECC are creating an Active Citizenship Fund with the money.’
(from a press release from Mid Devon District Council)