Brent Council and BHP host ‘Question Time’ with Chalkhill Primary School children


Children at Chalkhill Primary School, Wembley participated in a live ‘Question Time’ with Brent Council and Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) representatives where they asked engaging questions relating to their borough.Cllr Butt talking

The Question Time panel included the Leader of the Council, Councillor Muhammed Butt, Chris Whyte, Operational Director Environmental Services at Brent Council and Margaret Dodwell, Transformation Director at BHP. The panel were grilled by the pupils aged between 10 and 11 on topics ranging from housing and the environment to the European Union.

After the panel formally introduced themselves to the children, there was an interactive session with the young people to gauge their knowledge of Brent Council and BHP which included a voting style game. The floor was then opened up to questions from the children. Some of the questions included enquiries about affordable housing for future generations, support for homeless families, pot holes in Brent, how to deal with the growing rat problem in London and parking issues. The children also had several questions about how leaving the European Union will impact them in the future.

This Question Time event was based on Brent Council’s interactive resident engagement forum, Brent Connects. Brent Connects gives residents a say about the issues which matter to them in the borough. The forum meetings take place across the borough where residents, businesses and community representatives can ask questions about services provided by Brent Council and other agencies in Brent. This was the first time that Brent Connects had gone into a local school.

Councillor Muhammed Butt said: “We would like to thank the children from Chalkhill Primary School for welcoming us and asking key questions about Brent and opening up about their feelings on current affairs. It is encouraging to see how engaged and articulate our young people are in this borough. We wanted to give the pupils an opportunity to express their concerns and have their questions answered. We hope they will continue to engage with us and be community champions of the future.”

Margaret Dodwell said: “I found the Question Time event to be very useful and informative. The children were extremely engaging and asked some pertinent questions about the area and world events. We would be keen to host more events like this in the future.”