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The environment - Drama part 2

Synopsis

The presenter sets the scene again. The children's school is near the clay pits where the theme park will be built and as we rejoin the story we're with them in school...

Scene 1.
In class. The teacher explains that a local councillor - Cllr Bletchley - has come to speak to them about the proposed development. Lee is planning to ask some searching questions.

The councillor explains the consultation process that will take place before a final decision is taken - lots of discussions will happen with local people about how they feel on the issue. Lee interrupts to tell the councillor about the rare birds at the clay pits. She is apparently sympathetic but reminds Lee that the local wildlife is just one of the issues that they need to consider.

Scene 2.
The playground. The children consider Cllr Bletchley's visit. Lucy thinks a petition is the best way forward. As Lee does his paper-round they'll knock on doors to get signatures for the petition.

Scene 3.
Lee and Lucy knock on a door - and get a very negative response. They're finding that local support is not as much in their favour as they had assumed: they have just 34 responses in favour of the petition and they're getting tired.

They arrive at Des's house and he invites them in where they meet his dad, Mr Lucas. They speak to him about the development and it becomes clear that he's very much in favour of the theme park being built: it'll mean new, permanent jobs, extra business for local shops, etc. It may mean the end of peace and quiet...but, for him, that's a price worth paying for the benefits the development will bring.

Scene 4.
When Lee and Lucy leave Des comes with them into the street. Des explains that it's a long time since his father had a job and the theme park development might give him a chance to get back to work.

Lee reflects that originally he was certain that the theme park was a bad idea...but now he's not so sure.

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