More than 20 students from Spalding High school visited South Holland District Council on Thursday 24 January to learn about the importance of local democracy.
The presentation, from Councillor Roger Gambba-Jones, Portfolio holder for Place, covered a wide range of topics, including the importance of an individual’s vote and when they can join the electoral register.
Councillor Gambba-Jones also explained the work that councillors do, such as campaigning, functioning as case workers and acting as watch dogs in local government. He also outlined some of the other functions of the district council, including: food health and safety and licensing of businesses.
Questions were asked throughout the presentation, regarding becoming a councillor and the similarities between Councillors and Members of Parliament.
Councillor Gambba-Jones said “We are delighted to see young people taking an interest in local democracy. We extend our invitation out to any other schools in the district who want their students to learn more about how their communities are run.”
Teacher and group leader of Spalding High School Miss Deary said “We asked them before they came what they knew about the council and who helps run the council. Now they have a great idea of the way the council works and what it means to be a local councillor.
“They asked some very impressive questions on a range of topics, most interestingly about what is required to become a district councillor.
“Overall, we are very pleased to come and attend so we may be able to show the girls what the running of their local community is all about.”
If your school would like the opportunity to visit South Holland District Council to find out more about what it does as a local authority, please contact demservices@sholland.