A DETERMINED young girl presented a petition with hundreds of signatures to the Mayor of Wokingham in a bid to have a path installed near her school.

Councillor Rob Stanton invited eight-year-old Maisy Davison and her best friend to tour the council offices on Shute End as VIP guests after being impressed by her walk-to-school campaign.

The Grazeley Primary School pupil sent a letter to the Mayor asking for a new path so that parents did not have to drive all the way to the school gates.

She said: “I wrote to the Mayor because I wanted him to build a path so that I could walk more easily to school, and stop mummy clogging up the road in her car.”

Along with her friend Lillie Huse, seven, young Maisy rallied to gather signatures from her friends, parents and the wider community to win the council over.

The girls have been invited to attend a future council meeting to present their petition, with a view to making their dream a reality.

Mayor Stanton added: “I was very impressed with these two young ladies. They showed great interest in all they saw and asked some excellent questions.

“In their campaign to encourage as many of their friends to walk to school and to reduce car travel, they are a beacon of a sensible approach and will no doubt grow up to be two excellent citizens in our borough.”

Maisy is no stranger to politics after serving as an elected councillor on her school council last year.