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Appeal for Chislehurst youth shelter

PUBLISHED: 17:04 21 September 2011 | UPDATED: 17:04 21 September 2011

How the youth shelter could look once the young people decide on a design

How the youth shelter could look once the young people decide on a design

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Community volunteers are urging residents to support their bid for a new youth shelter where young people will be able to gather and socialise.

The Chislehurst Youth Forum is looking to install the structure in the Edgebury area of Chislehurst and Walden recreation ground in Empress Drive.

They said the shelter would cut down anti-social behaviour by giving young people a safe place to meet.

It will be well away from housing to keep noise nuisance to a minimum but in an open, visible space.

Alison Stammers, secretary of the Friends of Chislehurst and Walden Recreation Ground which includes the youth forum, said: “We have to address the need for having somewhere safe for young people to hang out where they can enjoy their own company. If they gather on the streets, this can be seen as intimidating to other residents.”

The project has been approved for the NatWest Community Force 2011 funding scheme, which allows the volunters to bid for up to £6,000. But to secure the money, they need as much support as possible when voting opens on Monday and the forum has urged residents to back the project.

Mrs Stammers added: “We are yet to consult with residents as the exact location of the shelter has not been decided but we would really like them to come on board. We will be having a meeting in the future where we hope we can allay any concerns.”

Forum members are now meeting with young people to discuss design ideas.

There are already shelters in Biggin Hill and St Mary Cray which the council has said are successful.

It is also hoped that the youths will carry out some of their own fundraising.

For more details, to get involved or contribute financially to the shelter, contact Alison Stammers at Alison.Stammers@btinternet.com.

To vote for it, visit communityforce.natwest.com.

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