Question time 2009
Over 70 young people attended Question Time 2009, held at the Town Hall, Reigate on 4 November 2009.
Over 70 young people, aged 13-18 years, from six local schools attended a special edition of Question Time in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall in Reigate on Wednesday 4 November 2009.
The pupils got the chance to quiz a panel of councillors and community representatives about local issues. The event was organised by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council to give young people a taste of local politics and to demonstrate the importance of participating in local democracy.
Range of issues
Students from Reigate School and Dunottar School in Reigate, Beacon School in Banstead, Oakwood School in Horley and St. Bede's School and Warwick School in Redhill posed questions to the group of panellists on a range of issues - from the environment, recycling and anti-social behaviour to provision of leisure facilities, activities for young people and the London 2012 Olympics.
Getting a grilling on the topics posed were
- Cllr Adam De Save, Executive Member for Leisure and Wellbeing, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
- The Mayoress of Reigate & Banstead, Mrs Ruth Mantle
- Alisdair Boundy, Chairman of Reigate & Banstead Youth Council
- Steven Carter, Associate Director, Environment from Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
- Nev Wilson, Content Editor of the Surrey Mirror.
The debate was chaired by Nick Wallis, host of BBC Radio Surrey's breakfast show.
Following the event the students took part in a mock election to choose their favourite panelist, to give them a taste of what Polling Day is like. Alisdair Boundy was declared the winner after he received the most votes.
Certificates were awarded to each of the schools that took part.
Last updated : 07/04/2010