Question Time for councillors from local students - The Evesham Observer

Question Time for councillors from local students

Evesham Editorial 8th Dec, 2023   0

STUDENTS got the chance to put issues of concern directly to decision-makers as part of Wychavon’s Local Democracy Day.

Pupils from Prince Henry’s High School, Pershore High School and The De Montfort School were asked to put together a petition on a topic of local concern which they then presented in the Council Chamber.

Issues raised included underage sales of vapes, traffic congestion in Evesham and making Pershore a safer place at night. A panel, which included Council Leader Cllr Chris Day, judged the presentations with Pershore High School winning top prize.

Pupils also took part in a speed chat session with councillors from all political parties on Wychavon District Council. Councillors took it in turns to be grilled for three minutes on a range of topics. At the end pupils took part in a special election to vote for who they thought had answered the best, with Cllr Rob Adams topping the poll.

Students were also asked to take part in a priorities workshop where they ranked a list of options based on the ones they felt should be the focus of the council’s work and resources. This feedback will be used as part of discussions about Wychavon’s new council plan.

Health and wellbeing, traffic congestion, promoting cycling and walking and supporting residents in need were their chosen top priorities.

Wychavon has responded to all three petitions outlining actions they will take including reviewing the lighting in Pershore’s Abbey Park, exploring measures to encourage more walking and cycling in Evesham and working with Trading Standards on a campaign to tackle underage vape sales.

It is the second time Wychavon has held its local democracy day which raises awareness of the work of the council, the decision-making process and the importance of voting.

Coun Chris Day, leader of Wychavon District Council, said:

“We were all very impressed with the quality of the presentations from all the schools and the enthusiasm and passion with which students spoke about issues that mattered to them.

“It’s vital for our democracy we inspire our young people to find out more about how decisions are made that impact their lives, and ensure they understand the importance of registering to vote and using that vote. I look forward to next year’s event.”



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