Estate shelter plan scrapped

YOUNGSTERS are upset after plans to create a youth shelter on a Weston estate were scrapped. Proposals to build a 'teen shelter' on the Coronation estate were withdrawn after residents claimed it would attract yet more trouble to the area. South ward poli

YOUNGSTERS are upset after plans to create a youth shelter on a Weston estate were scrapped.Proposals to build a 'teen shelter' on the Coronation estate were withdrawn after residents claimed it would attract yet more trouble to the area.South ward police community support officer Claire Sketchley spent weeks drawing up the plans with youngsters around the estate, asking what they want and where they would want it.A petition with over 50 names on it was claimed to have been put together by residents but police dispute whether those who signed it lived anywhere near the potential site of the shelter. It would have been located near the skatepark on Jubilee Park, off Colombo Crescent.Police sergeant Gareth Starr said: "Claire spoke to all the local kids and a youth shelter is what they wanted."Annoyingly, many of the people on the petition did not seem to be near the estate, and I know this has upset the youngsters."I think it's people that live away from the park, maybe not even on the estate, that believe their homes would be vandalised by youngsters walking home from the shelter."Jubilee Park seemed like an ideal place to put it and I don't think it would have created the problems people thought it would but, due to public opinion, we decided to withdraw the application."North Somerset councillor Ian Parker said: "Residents near to the park often experience problems when the kids are walking home from there, so when they heard there could be a shelter there a lot of them were up in arms."They presented me with a petition because at the skateboard park there is a lot of drinking."Vandalism is common when the kids walk home. Windows get smashed and all sorts, so we made the police aware of the opposition.


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