The 4th Pembroke (Lamphey) Cubs have been busy working towards earning their Democracy Challenge badge, and recently 21 of them visited Pembroke Town Hall to learn more about the role of a council.

To gain the badge, the Cubs are currently looking at Britain's democratic structure from Europe, Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales through to local government.

Following a guided tour of the imposing building, including the former court room and Mayor's parlour, town clerk Hugh Colley explained to the group how the council works and the role of a councillor.

The group then took on the role of councillors and were given the task of discussing a fictitious planning application which involved demolishing a sports pavilion, play area and village hall. These would be replaced with a large block of apartments together with a fast food outlet and a large leisure complex.

Following a well-thought out debate, an overwhelming majority of 'councillors' voted against the application as they felt the development would destroy wildlife and spoil the unique character of the village..

Mr. Colley said: "It was a pleasure to welcome the Cubs and it was good to see how interested they were in learning how councils work for the community.

"We enjoyed a very well-thought out debate and I wish them all good luck as they work towards gaining their Democracy Challenge Badge."

Scout leader Mrs. Pat Parkhurst added: "This was a fabulous opportunity for the Cubs - they relished the chance to ask lots of questions and enjoyed taking part in a very lively and interesting debate."