Schoolchildren make their voices heard

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PUPILS from a school near Petersfield met with the mayor of Chichester.

Year 3 pupils from Bedales Pre-prep Dunannie visited councillor Alan Chaplin to discuss concerns regarding environmental issues they had identified.

The children sent a letter to Chichester City Council outlining their observations, including the speed of the buses, chewing gum stuck on an ancient monument and the pros and cons of fast food stalls and entertainers in the pedestrianised areas.

Year 3 teacher Catherine Claasen, said: ‘We were honoured to be invited to meet at the historic council offices, and were shown into the meeting room, assembly rooms and the mayor’s private parlour and saw the robes and chain of office.

‘We also met the Town Crier and tried to shout as loud as he did. It was a wonderful experience for the children.’