Monday 10 October to Sunday 16 October 2016

Local democracy week 2014
Date of last review: 03 October 2016

Local Democracy Week is a Europe wide initiative ran by the Council of Europe that aims to ‘foster the knowledge of local democracy and promote the idea of democratic participation at a local level.’

The theme this year is:

Living Together in Multi-cultural Societies: respect, dialogue, interaction.

This year, Local Democracy week runs from Monday October 10th to Sunday October 16th.

As part of this celebration of Local Democracy and St. Albans City & District Councils continued commitment to promoting involvement in local democracy we will be organising a series of events.

These include –

  • Art and Creative Writing Competition 
  • Women in Politics
  • Word on the Street
  • Youth Take Over

Art and Creative Writing Competition

Schools and older people are invited to demonstrate their creativity by taking part in competitions themed around local democracy. Primary school children have been asked to create a picture of what they would do if they were Mayor for the day. The winner will have tea with the Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Cllr Frances Leonard. Secondary School pupils and older people have been invited to produce an artwork, poem or short story (maximum 500 words) based around the theme for Local Democracy Week 2016.

For further information please contact –

Members Support Team at or 01727 819 434

Women in Politics

On Monday 10 October discuss with District Councillors how women can get involved in politics and decision-making locally. This drop-in event takes place at Beech House, St Peter’s Street, St Albans from 10am to 11.30am.

Word on the Street

On Wednesday 12 October, this is your opportunity to discuss issues relating to local democracy with District Councillors face-to-face. District Councillors will be available to hear your views at a stall on St Albans market from 10am to 2pm.

Youth Take Over

On Thursday 13 October secondary schools pupils, aged 16 years and above, can experience how Council meetings are run by taking part in debates in the chamber at the Council’s offices. District Councillors will act as mentors and help the young people form arguments on various issues. Topics to be debated will include whether 16 year-olds should be given the vote and whether traffic should be banned from St Albans City centre. Any school or Sixth Form College that would like to take part in this event can contact member support on 01727 819281 or email

Date of last review: 08 October 2015