CHILDREN have taken their campaign for a better environment around their school to the corridors of power.
Pupils were invited to South Shields Town Hall after highlighting unsightly problems in the streets surrounding St Gregory’s RC Primary in Harton House Road East, South Shields.
Piles of litter, dog mess, uneven pavements and a lack of cycle paths and school crossing patrols all scored low marks in a safety survey carried out by Year 5 pupils.
The nine and 10-year-olds raised their concerns in a letter to council bosses, who vowed to act on the issues and discuss solutions with the school.
South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcolm has since visited the school to speak to the children and the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Eileen Leask, invited them to have a look around the town hall.
Headteacher Ken Smithson said: “Coun Malcolm came in and spoke to the children about some of the concerns and held a question and answer session, which was good.
“The kids were interested in what he had to say and he gave them a rounded picture of the things the council is facing in terms of cuts.
“The Mayor then invited them down to the town hall to have a look around and see where the decisions were made.
“What the kids did which was a bit different was travel down on their bikes along with some parents and their teachers.
“They have been doing a lot of work on cycling, and wanted to highlight the difficulties that young cyclists face.
“They enjoyed it and it was a useful exercise all round. It was great for them to see democracy in action. They expressed a view and it was heard.”
Since the children contacted the council in February, two new dog waste bins have been put up near the school.