New Teen Shelter Opens in Blyth Play Park
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A new teen shelter has been installed in the recently refurbished Axwell Drive play area in Blyth providing a safe meeting place for youths to sit, talk and share time with their friends.
The shelter has been funded through Northumberland County Council’s members scheme. Ward councillors Grant and Susan Davey contributed £4857 each to make a total contribution of £9,714 to cover the cost of purchasing the shelter.
Blyth Town Councillors Bob and Margaret Parker have also worked closely with Cllrs Grant and Susan Davey to deliver the project.
Councillor Susan Davey said: “The shelter was introduced after it became evident that lots of older children were using the play equipment in the park as seating. In order to free up this equipment for younger children to play on, it was suggested that a dedicated meeting point was installed in the park to cater for teenagers.
“ We want the park to appeal to all ages and be a focal point for the community. I know the teenagers have been really looking forward to its arrival. ”
The teen shelter will provide a seating area where young people can gather; It has moveable hammocks and seats and provides shelter from the weather.
Councillor Grant Davey said: “ Hanging out with friends is a natural part of growing up. We all did it when we were young. It is therefore much better to offer teenagers a suitable location to meet , out of harm’s way, than to try and stop young people from gathering in other areas such as outside shops or bus shelters which can result in disturbance and complaints.
“ While we appreciate that a teen shelter isn’t a whole solution – young people may also need more structured environments such as youth and sports clubs, organised activities, drop-ins, advice or counselling – a shelter can play an important part by giving young people freedom and space to spend time in their community with their friends.”
Axwell Drive play area underwent a £75.000 refurbished in 2015 in a joint initiative between Northumberland County Council, Blyth Town Council and Active Northumberland. The area had been in a poor state of repair but was been transformed after funding by Councillor Susan Davey and town councillors Bob and Margaret Parker, through the small schemes fund.