New Teen Shelter Opens in Blyth Play Park

30 Nov 2016

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.