Pupils’ insight into district council

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YOUNGSTERS enjoyed a lesson on the work of local government during a trip to South Holland District Council’s offices.

Ten pupils from Spalding’s St John’s Primary School were given insight into operations at Priory Road.

They looked at the council chamber and there was a display in the housing department of council-owned homes. They also learned about the work of the youth council.

A DVD on local democracy and the importance of voting were also part of the programme run by school governor and council opposition leader Coun Angela Newton.

The children, all members of the school council, were able to ask questions about the council’s work and took part in a quiz on politics.

Shanice Forster, Year Six Junior Road Safety Officer, said: “It was very useful finding out about voting and having a tour around the council offices. It taught me more about what the council did. I would love to go again.”

And Libbi Burchnall added: “I really enjoyed the trip because I got to sit in the councillors’ chamber.”

Coun Newton said: “It gave them an insight into what we do, which is important as they are the political leaders and council taxpayers of the future.”