Cash for youth projects from police and crime commissioner

By Martin Neville

Monday, January 27, 2014

 

A cash windfall of £4,000 has been awarded to an Isle of Wight youth shelter project from police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes.

Two shelters are planned for Isle of Wight Council land on the edge of Church Litten, Newport, to provide a safe environment for young people who currently congregate at Newport Bus Station, and tackle anti-social behaviour which plagues the area.

Newport Parish Council, which is spearheading the project, discovered on Thursday that its bid to the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Protecting People and Places Fund had been successful.

Newport Central councillor Julie Jones-Evans, the lead member on the project, said: "We are absolutely thrilled. We now have enough money for two shelters providing a safe space for young people to hang out."

The town council, which has contributed £6,000 towards the scheme, plans to consult young people on its plans, which could include lighting as well as power points to enable them to charge their mobile phones and iPods.

Town councillors are also working closely with the IW Council as the plans will require a wall near the library to be moved.

There was also good news for Niton Methodist Church, which has been given £4,000 for youth work in the village.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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