TWO teenagers from Milford Haven will be helping local councillors make decisions that benefit all generations in the town.

On Monday, Milford Haven Town Council welcomed 16-year-old Bethany Roberts and 15-year-old Aaliyah Coaker as its new youth representatives.

And despite their years, the girls will be bringing a range of skills and experience to the role.

Bethany is an active member of Milford Haven Youth Council, and is currently chairman of Pembrokeshire Youth Assembly.

She recently visited the Houses of Parliament, where she had the chance to debate in the House of Commons chamber, and has spoken with Preseli-Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb about a campaign to reduce the voting age to 16.

"I feel it is very important that young people who live in the area are given a voice and a say in decisions that affect them in the community," said Bethany.

"I feel that this will be a great privilege to represent the young people of Milford Haven, as I believe we have a lot to offer and can make a difference.

"I also believe it's important to challenge people's perceptions of young people, and the issues that affect them."

As a member of several local groups, including Pembrokeshire Youth bank and Milford Haven School Council, Aaliyah has helped organise various events for senior citizens, to help challenge the "stereotypical view of young people, and develop relationships between young people and older people".

With training on campaigning and lobbying among her skill set, and having attended conference on curriculum reform, mental health and bullying, Aaliyah is more than equipped to help and advise the town council on a range of issues.

Aaliyah and Bethany will have active roles on the council's social media and Christmas Lights committees, and be able to contribute at meetings, although will not have voting rights.