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25 November 2008
By Gavriel Hollander
PEOPLE ALWAYS said kids could do a better job, but we never expected the council to listen.
However, children from Southwark schools earlier this month stepped into the shoes of officers at Southwark Council to see how the borough is run.
Takeover Day took place on November 7 and saw students shadowing some of the council's environment team on a tour round Southwark. They then quizzed chief executive Annie Shepperd and council leader Nick Stanton before getting the chance to sit in the Mayor's seat in the assembly chamber.
Daniel O'Flaherty, 9, said: "We look around the streets and write down if we see any mess like graffiti. Then the council gets it cleaned up. That makes me feel happy - it looks better when things are clean."
Students from Southwark College also worked with the communications team on a community engagement marketing campaign.
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