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Children get sneak peek at new council chamber

Pictured (L-R) are Helen Bellinger and Peter Davies with children from Town Field Primary School in the new Civic Offices.

Pictured (L-R) are Helen Bellinger and Peter Davies with children from Town Field Primary School in the new Civic Offices.

YOUNGSTERS were given a sneak preview of Doncaster’s new corridors of power with a glimpse behind the scenes at the new £20 million civic offices.

Fifteen children from Town Field Primary visited the new building and met Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies for a guided tour of the offices which will open to the public on Monday.

The group saw the new customer service centre and council chamber, and also took a ride in the building’s glass elevator to the top floor where they took in the view from the balcony.

The official opening will mark the completion of the first new building in the town’s £300m Civic and Cultural Quarter.

Mr Davies said: “It was lovely to take the children on a tour of the building.

“They were the first people to sit in the seats in the new council chamber.

“The new civic offices consolidate numerous council buildings into one modern, low energy building, and will save the authority £650,000 a year in running costs.”

Town Field executive head Helen Bellinger said: “We had a wonderful afternoon.

“The children were very excited about going in the glass elevator which reminded them of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

“This was a good opportunity for them to find out more about the council and all of the things it does for local people.”

Ten-year-old Adam, chair of the school’s enterprise council, said: “It was amazing. Going in the elevator was really cool.

“My favourite bit was going into the council chamber and sitting in the councillors’ chairs.”

The offices will be open to the public from Monday, with Mr Davies performing the official opening on Wednesday.

 

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