Local Democracy Week Events
Mayor for the Day
There was a Mayor for the Day competition for the young people of the borough (ages 13 – 19). Over one hundred entries were received and the lucky winner was:
Hannah Roberts in year 11 at Rose Bridge High School, Ince.
I think it is important for children and young people to be able to have their say about things in Wigan Borough because…
We want things to be changed for when we are adults for our children. We want things, like places to go and things to do. We have opinions because we have grown up in Wigan. Also we want a safe place to grow up in.
On 16 October, Hannah spent the day with the Mayor. She was collected from her school by the Mayor in the official Mayoral car and taken to Newton Westpark Primary School in Leigh where she assisted the Mayor in running an election for the Year 5/6 pupils. Following the election, Hannah was given a tour of Wigan Town Hall by the Mayor, which included a visit to the Mayor’s Parlour, and then had lunch with the Mayor before being taken back to school. Hannah was presented with a mayoral medal and a certificate and had her picture taken with the Mayor as a memento of her day.
Well done Hannah!
On 15 October, year 11 student, Reece Jones, of Hawlkey Hall High School spent the day in Wigan Town Hall following a request he had submitted to Councillor Bretherton, a Cabinet Member with the portfolio responsibility for Resources. Reece met with the Leader of the Council, Councillor Smith, and with the Chief Executive, Donna Hall. He spent the afternoon work shadowing Councillor Bretherton to gain a better understanding of the work of Councillors.
The Leader Listens
On 18 October, the Executive Leader of the Council, Councillor Smith, was once again in the hot seat for the Leader Listens event. This event saw members of the public meeting the Leader to discuss anything of importance or relevance. This will be a regular event if it proves successful.