East Devon Council demonstrated the intricacies of council goings on to a group of 45 pupils who visited the offices for the national 11 Million Takeover Day on Friday, November 6.
Schoolchildren aged between 10 and 11 years old from Farway, Sidbury, Upottery and Honiton were invited into the Council to say how they would run things if they were in charge.
They learnt about food safety by taking part in a mock-up of an unsuitable kitchen, complete with dead mouse and a sink full of dirty dishwater. They took part in a ‘special council meeting’ to debate how a piece of land should be allocated for use by local residents. Finance officers explained what each household in East Devon pays in Council Tax. And they visited The Knapp Nature Reserve in Sidmouth, which has recently been taken under the wing of the Council’s Countryside Service, and gave their ideas on what they would like to see there.