Pupils given a voice in Leslie

Cllr John Wincott with local councillors and pupils from Leslie P.S.
Cllr John Wincott with local councillors and pupils from Leslie P.S.

Leslie school children were given a unique opportunity to influence future town improvements when they sat in on a community council meeting last week.

The P7 pupils, who are all members of their school council, joined their adult counterparts to discuss various issues affecting young people in the town.

Jan Wincott, Leslie Community Council chairman, was delighted with the result.

She said: “The children had put a great deal of thought into their presentation and even put together a display board to illustrate their ideas.

“The presentation was very wide ranging and covered topics from having a school football team, through possible additional play facilities in the West Meadow, to the dangers of using the Douglas Road pedestrian crossing.

“Discussions also covered fundraising activities that the children had already completed, as well as their new thoughts for the future.”

The pupils have been involved in many community initiatives and were given a chance to voice their preference in a number of possible projects as part of the recent Fife Council-led Town and Village Improvement Scheme.

Pupils recently voted for a wetland nature area proposal and the improvement of Christmas lights in the town.

Jan added: “This was a tremendous opportunity to hear from the children about the things that are really important to them.

“We even explored their thoughts on school meals and what was good and bad about them.

“Everyone was really impressed by the maturity of the young people involved and we were very grateful that they had spent the time to put together such a comprehensive presentation.”

Moves are now being made to make the school children’s attendance a regular feature of community council meetings in the town.