The Teen Shelter – A Statement from the Town Council

At the last Council Meeting, the Town Council decided to remove the Teen Shelter because it was becoming the focus of serious anti-social behaviour and drug taking/dealing. It was not the normal high jinks and youthful exuberance but nasty, vicious behaviour. Together with the mindless vandalism of refuse bins and excessive noise, often until the early hours of the morning, it meant that something had to be done.

Residents had repeatedly complained to the Police but due to the serious financial cuts that have reduced their numbers, it was not possible for the town to be able to rely on them to intervene. The last straw was when a serious fire was lit in the Teen Shelter which required the Fire Brigade to be called to deal with it.

The Town Council is not happy that it has had to remove the

Teen Shelter but it was at risk of becoming a drug dealing site and would continue to be a focus for serious anti-social behaviour, making the Park a no-go area. This decision was taken following advice from an experienced youth social worker and is supported by County Councillor Goldson.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of Halesworth’s youth who are not responsible for any of this behaviour now have nowhere to meet. The majority suffers for the behaviour of a few.

The plan is to put the shelter into store and hopefully a new site can be identified where it will be re-erected. Teenagers need somewhere safe outdoors to meet. The Town Council is aware that there are limited facilities in Halesworth for young people.

We hope to build on our positive first meeting at the Apollo Centre with teenagers (and other interested parties) to try and find a new site for them to meet.

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