Pupils grill North Devon’s community leaders

Councillors, guests and local schoolchildren enjoy “Question Time” style event at Civic Centre.

IT was Question Time for a panel of high profile community representatives on Monday as they were grilled by schoolchildren at an event to encourage young people to get involved in local democracy.

More than 30 pupils from across North Devon visited the Civic Centre in Barnstaple to quiz a line up chaired by North Devon Council chief executive Mike Mansell.

It included Council Leader, Councillor Brian Greenslade, deputy leader Councillor Rodney Cann and Acting Chief Inspector Toby Davies of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.

“We were really impressed with the excellent standard of debate the students gave us, with subject matters ranging from the recycling and beach cleaning to services for young people and those in rural areas,” said Mr Mansell.

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Mr Greenslade added: “Young people have a huge amount to give to the community and these types of events help us find out what is important to them.”

Freddy Harper-Davis, a Year 9 student at Pilton Community College, said he had really enjoyed the Question Time event.

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“The questions we asked were important ones and put the panel on the spot,” he said.

“The event showed that young people are interested in politics and care a lot about what is happening in the news at the moment.”

The debate was arranged as part of the Local Democracy Campaign.

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