Councillors get quizzed by future voters

12th October 2011

District Councillors were grilled on everything from leisure facilities to lost dogs by future voters yesterday (Tuesday 11 October) as part of Local Democracy Week.

Local Democracy Week 2011Over 200 year seven pupils from St Joan of Arc Catholic School in Rickmansworth visited the Council offices to question Councillors Ann Shaw, Ralph Sangster and Len Tippen on a number of issues. The visit was held to coincide with European Local Democracy Week.

Speaking after the event, Ann Shaw, Leader of Three Rivers District Council and Youth Champion, said; “This was a successful and enjoyable event and extremely well attended. The pupils asked some very perceptive questions.”

Russell Madison,  Citizenship Teacher at St Joan of Arc School added, "This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to engage with local democracy. They relished the opportunity to question and challenge the councillors on local issues that concern them and have learnt some of the challenges and rewards involved in their work. I can't think of a better way for students to explore the study of Citizenship."

This is one of a number of events Three Rivers will be holding as part of the week. On Tuesday 18 October the Youth Council will get together for their October meeting. Items on the agenda include St John Ambulance Cadets, Vibe FM and a focus group on the new community strategy.