Teen shelters help council to reduce vandalism in the area

Kent County Council teen village scheme sees reduced vandalism in Dover and Thanet areas

Ashford-based play area specialist Park Leisure has helped Kent County Council reduce cases of vandalism in the Dover and Thanet areas. A scheme of teen villages incorporating the firm’s shelters has been so well received by youngsters and locals that it could soon be adopted across the country. Complementing skate parks, basketball courts, and kick-walls, the shelters are being added to 23 “teen villages” adjoining council playing fields and recreation grounds in a scheme run by the Dover and Thanet crime and disorder reduction partnerships funded by Kent County Council (KCC). The sites provide young people between the ages of 13 and 18 with “safe yet fun environments” and offer meeting places rather than having them congregate in public bus shelters. KCC area youth and community officer Bill Butler said: “The council and Park Leisure met with young people in east Kent to get their views on what facilities they needed most. More than anything they wanted well-lit places where they could “hang out”, meet and chat, and shelter from the rain. “There have been few problems with vandalism, damage and litter, and people are reassured to know there are places for young people and are less concerned as a result.”

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