Councillors tackled by Lichfield students in question time event

Lichfield students have been grilling local decision-makers at a special council question time event.

Thirteen year 12 and 13 Business Studies students from Nether Stowe School – A Specialist Mathematics & Computing College – took part in special council question time, held in Lichfield District Council’s Council Chamber on October 6.

Participants in the special question time event at Lichfield District Council

Participants in the special question time event at Lichfield District Council

The 17 to 18 year-old A-Level pupils asked representatives from Lichfield District Council, Staffordshire County Council, Lichfield City Council and the police, a series of questions about local issues and services.

Miriam Hussain, business studies teacher at Nether Stowe School, said:

“This question time linked in well with the pupils’ business studies A-Level. It gave them the chance to apply their knowledge at a local level and to raise issues that are important to them. I’d like to thank all the councillors and officers for taking the time to answer our questions and for hosting this question time in such a relevant setting.”

Topics discussed included:

  • community safety
  • policing issues
  • leisure facilities
  • business opportunities
  • how young people can get involved in the democratic process

Lichfield District councillor, Bernard Derrick, said:

“I have worked closely in the past with Nether Stowe School, and was delighted to organise this question and answer session. We were all very impressed with the questions, and the lively debate that followed. It’s important for young people to get involved in local democracy, and this question time is a great starting point. Many thanks must go to everyone who has taken part and I hope it is just the beginning of many more.”

Seventeen-year-old Kyra Ironside added:

“As most of us are too young to vote, it was refreshing to talk to people who make decisions on our behalf, and to ask them about issues we’re interested in. They took our questions seriously and seemed really interested in our views, so it has been a really positive experience all round.”

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