Lowick Parish Council has recently elected their youngest ever Parish Councillor and what they believe is one of the youngest Parish Councillors in the country, after a new position became available.
Aged only 19, Rebecca Maitland, originally from Berwick-upon-Tweed, has been a resident of the village for many years and joins the Parish Council with immediate effect. Rebecca is true local, having attended Berwick Middle School and Berwick Academy and she is currently a PR & Social Media Assistant with Glendale PR and Marketing, who are also based in Lowick.
Commenting on her recent appointment to the Parish Council, Rebecca 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.”
The Parish Council of Lowick serve and make decisions on the behalf of the village, keeping everyone informed about current issues and projects, both on a local and regional basis. It is proactive and forward thinking and always aims to represent the community it serves.
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 left the village.
Chair of the Council, John Huddart, added: “When we learned that Rebecca was prepared to stand we were really excited. The average age is 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 concluded: “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.”