Year Six pupils from Leverton Junior School in Waltham Abbey made a great impression when they visited Epping Forest District Council on Wednesday 2 May 2007 to meet the Chairman of Council, Councillor Mrs Ann Haigh.
Councillor Mrs Haigh and Ian Willett, Head of Research and Democratic Services took the young people into the Council chamber were they were able to see themselves on the screen as the meeting was videoed with the Council’s webcasting equipment. Ian Willett gave a talk on the Council chamber itself, the Council’s coat of arms including its historical associations and showed how councillors would vote on various topics. Mr Willet explained how Councillors are elected and the special role the Chairman before answering a range of questions.
Councillor Mrs Haigh then invited the young people to the Members Room where refreshments were served while the question and answer session continued. Mrs Haigh talked about the importance of local Government engaging with young people as residents and potential councillors of the future.
Pupils also explained to Councillor Mrs Haigh how they carry out their own elections to Leverton School’s own student Council. Every pupil left with a ‘goodey’ bag including a range of items designed to promote the recycling message.
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