Pupils take over council offices

PUBLISHED: 17:30 25 November 2015 | UPDATED: 08:55 08 December 2015

Awliscombe Primary working with EDDC's recycling and waste team.

Awliscombe Primary working with EDDC's recycling and waste team.

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The youngsters, aged 10 to 11 years old, visited East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) offices at Knowle in Sidmouth, as part of national Takeover Challenge Day.

Pupils from Payhembury and Awliscombe primary schools were given the chance to experience first-hand how their local district council is run.

The youngsters, aged 10 to 11 years old, visited East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) offices at Knowle in Sidmouth, as part of national Takeover Challenge Day.

The event aims to get children and young people involved with how public service decisions are made, and provides organisations, such as local authorities, with a fresh perspective on the services they run.

The children participated in a number of activities, including mock food hygiene inspections and recycling workshops.

The council’s chairman, Councillor Stuart Hughes, and vice-chairman, Councillor Helen Parr, joined staff and children in a special mock council meeting, where pupils debated the issue of beach huts.

Meanwhile, staff from the council’s housing team worked with the children to find out what they felt was most important to young people in their communities.


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