Recycling is the theme of this year’s Local Democracy Week

Chief Executive Mike Mansell hosting question-time event with panel, Ricky McCormack, Peter Heaton-Jones MP, Cllr Rodney Cann and Ken Miles

Posted on: 8 October 2018

Reducing single use plastics and the impact of recycling on North Devon make up this year’s recycling theme for Local Democracy Week (LDW).

LDW events kicked off today (Monday 8 October) at North Devon Council with a question-time event giving pupils from The Park Community School, Pilton Community College and Braunton Academy the chance to quiz the panel on reducing single use plastics and how much responsibility the council has in helping reduce this.

This panel was made up of Ricky McCormack – Head of Operations Services at the council, Peter Heaton-Jones MP, Councillor Rodney Cann – Lead Member for the Environment at the council and Ken Miles – Head of Corporate and Community at the council.

LDW is an opportunity for pupils to find out all about local politics as well as raise awareness of the power they will have in the future to shape their communities through it.

Lead Member for the Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “The council is proud to host these events as part of Local Democracy Week. Recycling plays such a big part in our lives now that it is the perfect theme for our LDW events. The events will provide the perfect opportunity for us to find out what our younger recyclers views and opinions are on the subject.

“Today’s question time event was a great success. The pupils didn’t hold back putting their questions to the panel, it’s clear that this is a topic that they care deeply about.”

Events continue during the week with visits to the council’s offices and recycling facilities planned for South Molton Primary School children along with a talk about the impacts of recycling on North Devon.

Further events are planned for later in the year with political speed dating taking place in November and a mock planning committee taking place in December.

Keep up-to-date with all the LDW events on the council’s twitter and facebook pages.

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