Teen is appointed to parish council

Elizabeth Jane Common, the new youth councillor at Lynemouth Parish Council, is pictured front left at the crocus bulb planting launch event. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Elizabeth Jane Common, the new youth councillor at Lynemouth Parish Council, is pictured front left at the crocus bulb planting launch event. Picture by Jane Coltman.
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There will be an extra seat at the Lynemouth Parish Council table as it has appointed a youth councillor to bring a young person’s perspective to the authority.

Elizabeth Jane Common has been appointed to the role, initially until the local elections in May 2017. The 15-year-old will be expected to provide reports, make recommendations and ask questions.

She said: “I want young people’s opinions to matter in our village.

“I have attended several meetings and I want to be a young councillor so I can help the community and represent the views and ideas of young people at council meetings.”

Elizabeth, born and raised in Lynemouth, is currently Children’s Gala Queen 2016/2017 for the village and she has already taken part in some local events as a young ambassador.

They have included memorial horse drives and taking part in the launch of Purple4Polio crocus bulb planting in the village to raise awareness of the Rotary initiative.

Lynemouth Parish Council chairman Liz Dunn said: “The idea of this is to give young people a say in decisions that directly affect them and make sure their views on local issues are heard.

“This position will provide young people with a voice at the local council level. It is an excellent opportunity to encourage leadership development in the community.”

This unpaid role was approved by the current sitting councillors. The youth councillor will have no voting rights on matters affecting finance or policy.