Pupils share their views

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Pupils saw democracy in action when they were invited to take part in a real council meeting.

At the beginning of the month, Hebden Royd held its annual meeting of the School Council, when children who sit on their own school council are invited to take part.

More than 20 children from Burnley Road Academy, Central Street Infant School, Riverside Junior School, Stubbings Infant School. Cragg vale Junior and Infant School, Hebden Royd Junior and Infant School and Scout Road Academy attended.

Mayor of Hebden Royd, councillor James Fearon welcomed the children and councillor Robin Dixon explained his role as a flood warden.

The children were then invited to tell the Mayor what they liked and disliked about the town.

They were impressed with the friendly people, community spirit, the outside areas and shops, but we concerned about flood defences, businesses affected by flooding and speeding cars.

Hebden Royd Town Council has noted these concerns and will be working with partners and schools to try and solve these issues.

The Mayor said: “The children were very knowledgeable and articulate about the problems facing Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd.

They were all a credit to their local schools and spoke with great pride, concern and clarity.”