A sticky debate in council chambers...

Pupils from Littlehampton found out what it is like to be a town councillor last week.
Pupils from Littlehampton found out what it is like to be a town councillor last week.

Pupils from Littlehampton found out what it is like to be a town councillor last week.

River Beach School council representatives from years one to six attended a debate with mayor Ian Buckland in at the Town Council offices on Thursday.

Run as a council meeting, the children learned the rules of making their voice heard in a formal meeting as they debated which chocolate treat was the best – complete with sampling privileges.

Sue Bingahm, from the school, said: “The result was a tie between Malteasers and Milky bar buttons and the mayor had to use his deciding vote – so Milky Bar buttons won. Further discussion took place about earning pocket money and the meeting finished with a more informal question and answer session.

“Cllr Buckland impressed upon the children that they need to aim high and follow their dreams. With perseverance, anything is possible. The children really enjoyed seeing where local decisions are made and it set them up for more discussions about democracy back at school.”

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