Penmaenmawr Town Council have just announced the appointment of their newest Town Councillor, Lara Cook, who will be representing the Pant-yr-Afon Ward.
Cllr Cook is 18 years old and has lived in the Capelulo Ward her whole life and, speaking Welsh as her first language, is keen to promote the area and culture of Penmaenmawr.
Having recently finished her exams and having an interest in local politics, giving up her free time to join the local council appeared to be a good way of developing her understanding of the local communities and how to help improve the facilities and opportunities in her home town.
After being co-opted onto the council Lara said “I know I’m still young and have a lot to learn about local politics and how I can contribute to the wellbeing of my local communities. Having lived here all my life, I know the area and the concerns of local people.
I see my age as an advantage to the council, as I can bring a viewpoint and a voice from the younger members of the community who aren’t often heard. I understand the pressures on young people who have been brought up here, but now have to try to find their own place in society, as well as somewhere to live and work. I hope I can help make Penmaenmawr a place that offers opportunities to everyone, no matter what their background is.”
The Mayor, Cllr Steven Consterdine said “We’re really pleased to have another young person on the council to represent the people of Penmaenmawr. It’s important that we have councillors from a diverse range of backgrounds, as this helps the council better understand the needs of our communities and the priorities they want us to focus on.”