16th May 1997 at 01:00
Stirling's council chamber was a hive of activity last Friday. In the main meeting room children's rights campaigners were in earnest discussion about how to promote participation in local government.

In a smaller room, the children's committee was busy working out how many campaigners it could allow in to discuss school closures. Fire regulations, explained chairman Pat Kelly.

Six protesters were eventually allowed in to observe, not participate and one distinguished member of the media had to sit on the floor. "My usual position, " she remarked as she took her place at our feet.

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