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Youngsters get a taste of democracy

PUBLISHED: 03:00 19 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

SCHOOLCHILDREN found themselves within the cogs and wheels of democracy this week as they saw what it is like to be a town councillor.

Over three days more than 90 children in Needham Market held mock meetings to discuss pressing concerns of the type that councillors routinely deal with.

SCHOOLCHILDREN found themselves within the cogs and wheels of democracy this week as they saw what it is like to be a town councillor.

Over three days more than 90 children in Needham Market held mock meetings to discuss pressing concerns of the type that councillors routinely deal with.

Planning applications for a pizza takeaway, nuisance youths and plans for a skateboard park were all on the agenda for the Needham Market Middle school pupils – who were steered through the debates by the town's mayor, Shoena Warren.

The children were learning about the way local democracy works as part of their new 'citizenship' part of the school curriculum.

But one of the items under discussion has its roots in reality. The town council are currently discussing with a group of children schemes to raise money for a skateboard park.

And councillors have been impressed by their "positive attitudes" during preliminary talks, said town clerk Jo Lea.

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