A COUNCIL has welcomed its youngest ever member to its ranks.
Sean Bibby has been co-opted onto Shotton Town Council and at 23-years-old, has become the youngest member to hold a seat in the council’s 29-year history.
Cllr Bibby took up one of two vacant positions in the Higher Shotton ward, previously occupied by long serving member, Keith Minshull, who retired from the role in December, citing personal reasons.
Speaking to the Leader after the monthly meeting of town members on Monday, newly co-opted Cllr Bibby said: “It’s a great honour and privilege to be
co-opted onto Shotton Town Council.
“Over the next three years, I hope to serve the council to the best of my ability.”
Council chairman, Cllr David Evans paid tribute to the town’s new member.
He said: “Sean has been a Labour party member since his teen years and a member of the Shotton branch for a long time.
“He’s also the youth officer for Alyn and Deeside Labour group and has represented us at a number of conferences.
“I’ve known Sean a long time, he’s a very active, very knowledgeable member and I’m pleased he’s decided to join us.
“I believe he’s going to be an asset to Shotton Town Council.”
Cllr Bibby, who works at Asda, later took to Twitter to declare some of his plans while serving as a councillor. These include pledging to address the issue of a lack of a town council website and how members of the council can use the social networking site to connect with residents.
The second Higher Shotton vacancy will be filled at the February meeting of the council.
The seat became available after Cllr Janette Danks was automatically disqualified from the role after non-attendance over a six month period.
Advertisements for applications to the position had been placed across Shotton since December but no applications were received.
As a result, councillors will elect a member of their choosing in a month’s time.