New sports area set for Kesgrave

YOUNGSTERS in Kesgrave could soon be taking advantage of a multi-sports use play area - as long as officials do not kick the plans into touch.Following on from consultation with young people in the town, Cedarwood Green has been picked as a suitable spot, and a teen shelter could be put in nearby.

YOUNGSTERS in Kesgrave could soon be taking advantage of a multi-sports use play area - as long as officials do not kick the plans into touch.

Following on from consultation with young people in the town, Cedarwood Green has been picked as a suitable spot, and a teen shelter could be put in nearby.

Kesgrave Town Council, which is behind the bid to Suffolk Coastal District Council, is confident that the £100,000 project will help ease some of the anti-social behaviour problems the town has faced in recent years.

Some residents have reported that they often feel intimidated by large groups of youths hanging around on street corners.

Town clerk, Veronica Read, said residents in the vicinity of the proposed development had been consulted and only a handful had objected.

She said: “Around 25 per cent of the population in Kesgrave are under 19 so about 12pc are teenagers. That's quite a lot of young people.

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“It's fine to tell them they shouldn't be in the street, but you have to give them an alternative. This would certainly help with anti-social behaviour problems in Kesgrave.

“It's not cheap but it will be there for a long time and it will provide some informal exercise for young people.”

The area, which will have its own non-obtrusive lighting and disabled access, will be used mainly for basketball and football.

Mrs Read said a similar teen shelter development in Leiston had proved very successful with youngsters keen to take ownership of the area and protect it from vandalism and graffiti.

If it is given the go ahead, Cedarwood Primary School will be able to use the play area during term and school time.

Kesgrave, like Ipswich, currently has a play area shortfall.

Mrs Read added: “If all goes well, we hope to have it in place by October. The next stage will be consulting with the young people to find out exactly what they want.”

Will the play area help ease anti-social behaviour problems in Kesgrave? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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