Shock for council’s youngest member

Richard Bennett who has been elected to St Annes Town Council
Richard Bennett who has been elected to St Annes Town Council

The latest and youngest member of St Annes Town Council has spoken of the shock of being elected at just 19-years-old.

Richard Bennett was elected to the elected to represent Central Ward on St Annes Town Council at the local elections of May 8.

He said: “When I was elected I was in complete shock, it’s such a good feeling that people have looked at the ballot paper and put a tick in the box next to my name.

“It’s more of a surprise as people will have seen the same councillors for 20 years and got to know them.

“There are a couple of new councillors in the same ward as me who are young too, it’ll be nice to look at things from a young person’s perspective which has not been done before.”

The 19-year-old became involved in politics after having an urge to make a difference.

Richard said: “People complain about politics all the time without actually doing anything about it, I wanted to be involved so I could make a difference.

“Last year I got more involved in local politics because people kept telling me about parking in St Annes and the issues the town faces with it.”

Richard, who first started in politics at the age of 15, has always been a liberal thinker and believes the Liberal Democrats did have a positive influence on the previous coalition government.

He said: “The reason I am a Liberal is because I believe the role of the Government is not to interfere in people’s lives but make it better and help develop people’s talents.

“The Liberal Democrats did stop the Conservatives from being too right wing and made them a lot more liberal in their policies during the last term.”

The Lancaster University student is looking forward to getting started in his role and has earmarked parking as the main issue in St Annes.

He said: “Parking is definitely the main issue in the town, a number of traders have mentioned it to me on numerous occasions.

“People who live in the town can no longer park near their homes when we have a car park in the town that has shut the top two floors for some reason.”