Thursday 10th December 2009 by C. Freeman
Students recently attended a mock meeting at Corby Borough Council where they got a chance to put questions to local councillors. The aim was to let local students see first-hand how a committee meeting is structured and how items for discussion are debated.
Representatives from Brooke Weston, Corby Business Academy, Lodge Park and Kingswood were invited to the meeting at the Borough Council Offices. After a formal start when the mace was carried into the chamber, the Mayor, Cllr Mary Butcher took her place for the proceedings. After apologies for absence, declarations of interest and an introduction, the Chief Executive of Corby Borough Council, Mr Chris Mallender, spoke on 'Putting the Cor back into Corby.' Each school then got the chance to submit questions to the councillors.
The students who attended from Brooke Weston were Roberta Newton, Kiran Joshi, Hannah Pryce, Darren Devine, Kyle Smith, Samantha Sime and Olivia Crawford from Years 7 to 13 respectively. Kyle Smith asked the chamber whether the council plans to offer a more diverse range of facilities for young people.
There was lively discussion between the parties present and councillors welcomed any ideas from the students that would extend the recreational facilities in the town. The question time was followed by a presentation from North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit. Following the event the students got a chance to meet informally with the Mayor, councillors and officials.
The Brooke Weston contingent was accompanied by Mrs Childs who said: 'The event gave the students an insight into the workings of local government and also gave them an opportunity to “have their say.”'