Kodak factory

PUBLISHED: 12:22 06 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:18 24 May 2010

I read with interest the article about the Kodak factory and the idea of Mr Shiers to utilise it for the teenagers. I am the mother of two boys aged 13 and 15. The older boy is of an age where he wants to go out with his group of friends which is of conce

I read with interest the article about the Kodak factory and the idea of Mr Shiers to utilise it for the teenagers.I am the mother of two boys aged 13 and 15. The older boy is of an age where he wants to go out with his group of friends which is of concern to us and we are closely monitoring the situation as we are aware that the teenagers can cause problems and get into trouble by just 'hanging about' on street corners. He is a sensible and usually a very responsible lad, plays a lot of sport and studies hard and has never been in trouble but this age group do like to be in with a group of friends over the weekend. We are trying to respect this and built a mutual trust as he gets older and more independent. I thought the factory idea a really good one and have discussed it with him recently to see if he agreed. I got the impression that he would welcome a place they could just 'hang out'. Nothing too organised. He is aware of the factory and agreed it would be a good location. I said they would have to generate activities to pay for the running costs. His idea's included have a 'nightclub type' atmosphere on weekend evenings. Basically loud music and just a meeting place. I said that would be ok for weekends but what about other nights to generate income. All the boys' ideas were basically to leave the factory as a large cleared area that could then be used for varied activities eg indoor paintball area (most boys I know have their own paintball guns or can buy them quite cheaply). A temporary arena can be put together with dull lighting and obstacles to hide behind, etc. Another idea was to erect a 1/2 pipe to be used for skateboards, roller skates or BMX bikes. Other ideas were using the space for either basketball, football, roller skate nights ... a type of sports hall area So I got the impression that the boys would really welcome the idea and as a parent I think it sounds great to help keep kids off the streets. I will await to hear the verdict! I would imagine the time it takes to get planning, etc., it might be a little late for my eldest but I would still support the idea.Jan EllisVia e-mail

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