If the recent visit to the Civic Offices by a class of year 6 children from Lambourne Primary School is anything to go by then the future of the Epping Forest district is a bright one. The pupils aged 10 and 11 came to the Civic Offices to learn about local government and to make a presentation to the Chairman of Council, Councillor Anne Grigg and other Councillors.
Showing no fear when it came to speaking to an audience, all of the children were confident in delivering their lines. They presented work that they have been doing on the subject of democracy and told the Chairman of the mock-elections that they have recently held at their school.
Following the presentation the pupils had the chance to grill the councillors on topics of their choosing. Questions ranged from those about the Councillors individual achievements to more general matters relating to unemployment and housing in the district. One pupil even had the courage to ask whether there were too many councillors in the Epping Forest District!
The day finished with a viewing of the district from the top of the Civic Offices Tower and the presentation of a goody bag to each pupil from the Chairman of Council, Councillor Anne Grigg.
Addressing the pupils Councillor Grigg said: “On behalf of Epping Forest District Council, I’d like to thank you all for coming. I’ve really enjoyed listening to your excellent presentation which you’ve made today with real enthusiasm. You’ve shown that Epping Forest can be optimistic about its future.”
Councillor Brian Rolfe Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder added: “As a councillor for the Lambourne Ward I’d like to add how proud I am personally for what you’ve done today. A very well done to you all.”