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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Question time for the mayor and mayoress

IT was question time at St Bees as prep school pupils ‘grilled’ the mayor of Copeland.

The children quizzed Geoff Garrity on his role as mayor and raised some of the issues they face.

Joshua Edgar, 10, asked the question: “Why are the football pitches in Copeland not marked out and why isn’t the grass cut regularly?”

Coun Garrity answered: “Most football pitches in the area are privately owned and so are cut by the owner themselves.

“Any fields owned by the council have just been cut in the past two weeks and so when you get back to playing this weekend the grass should be freshly cut.”

Annabella Sweeney asked: “Why is there so much chewing gum on the streets?”

The mayor replied: “There is a machine that we have hired in the past called the Gum Buster.

“We would love to hire it every year but it is just far too expensive to do every year but I wish we could because it looks terrible.

“It all comes down to social responsibility and people doing things for themselves. We need people to stop spitting chewing gum onto the pavements to help tackle the problems themselves.”

Swithun Sewill, lead teacher of the prep at St Bees School, said: “It’s really great that the mayor can come out to us like this because mayors in the past have never visited the schools.

“It gives the children a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes in the role of the mayor.

“They realise that they can make a difference as long as they raise the issue properly and to the right people.”

Coun Garitty, who was accompanied on the visit by his wife and mayoress Sandra, said: “The kids love to see the mayor and the questions they ask are different to the ones I’m used to. “Coming into the schools is great for the community because the children are the future. Speaking to them at this age is great and we intend to visit all the schools in Copeland.”

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