Pupils' day at council HQ

PUBLISHED: 10:32 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:00 28 November 2013

Bassetts Farm Primary School pupils joined other local primary schools and took over the running of the Knowle for the day. Pupils dressed up to represent different interest groups and held a mock debate in the council chambers. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 9208-47-13AW

Bassetts Farm Primary School pupils joined other local primary schools and took over the running of the Knowle for the day. Pupils dressed up to represent different interest groups and held a mock debate in the council chambers. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 9208-47-13AW

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Pupils from Bassetts Farm Primary School 'took over' East Devon District Council for a day and had a go at running things.

Joining 35 pupils from four other schools they even got a taste of the work done by EDDC’s environmental health inspectors when they visited Sam ’n’ Ella’s kitchen at Knowle for a food hygiene check.

The 10 and 11-year-olds were taking part in National Takeover Day, which aims to get children and young people involved with how decisions are made.

This saw the youngsters take part in a mock council meeting, where they got to decide the fate of a hypothetical planning application for a fast food restaurant. Meanwhile, staff from the council’s housing team helped children plan community events for local housing estates.

The waste and recycling team worked with the children to teach them about how countries trade resources.

Councillor Christine Drew, the member champion for youth, said: “This is the sixth year we’ve taken part, and it’s a great opportunity for councillors and officers to spend time with a younger generation, and I’m very grateful to everyone who took part. I think we all learned something!”

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