Teenage councillor elected
Lowick Parish Council has recently elected its youngest ever parish councillor '“ 19-year-old Rebecca Maitland.
Rebecca, originally from Berwick, has been a resident of the village for many years and joins the parish council with immediate effect.
The former Berwick Middle School and Berwick Academy pupil is currently a PR and social media assistant with Glendale PR and Marketing.
She said: “I am honoured to be elected, and my aim is to be both the face and representation of the next generation of Lowick on the council. As a very rural community to be able to make improvements and provide feedback for my generation, it is imperative that we listen to them and that is what I intend to.”
Rebecca joins the eight members of Lowick Parish Council, each of whom are elected every three years, and takes up the position following the resignation of Will Perks, who has left the village.
Parish council chairman John Huddart said: “When we learned that Rebecca was prepared to stand, we were really excited. The average age of a parish council is usually considerably higher!
“We often discuss issues that young people have opinions about, and now we have their voice at meetings.”
Rebecca completed her education at Berwick Academy securing A Levels in Economics, Business, Sociology and English. Through this study and wider work experience, she has gained sound knowledge in areas of social, politics and business, all of which she will draw upon as a parish councillor.
Rebecca is also a part of the local Young Farmers Club, of which she has been for three years and regularly participates in local charity work and fundraisers, including an annual Log Run which visits Lowick.
Rebecca added: “There are a number of young people currently living in the village and I really do believe it is paramount that we take on board their advice and opinions and recognise them in this growing community.”