Youth give their support to project

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A PUBLIC meeting over a youth shelter in Elmswell has heard from young people that it could decrease noise nuisance in the village.

Teenagers, parents, councillors and the police met at Elmswell Fire Station last Thursday to show their support for a proposal to build a youth shelter on the Blackbourne Meadow playing field.

They want the parish council to give the project its backing.

“It’s all right for the youngsters but there’s nothing to keep us occupied,” said one teenager.

The young people, who turned out in large numbers, promised to take responsibility for the shelter and said that its location would help to reduce the number of noise complaints that are made, a view supported by the police.

“If we didn’t want it and we weren’t going to look after it we wouldn’t be here now,” said one youth.

John Spitzer, safety community officer for Mid Suffolk District Council, urged Elmswell Parish Council to get the shelter up and running by this summer.

Vice-chairman of Thurston Parish Council, Peter Robinson, who had initially been ‘totally against’ providing a youth shelter there, said that it had proved a great success in Thurston, with a dramatic drop in anti-social behaviour complaints.

Consultations about the shelter are continuing to take place with nearby residents. The project is likely to be discussed by Elmswell Parish Council at a meeting on April 18.