Search on for boost bus site in Trimley
COMMUNITY leaders and police are trying to find a suitable site to accommodate a youth bus project to try to stop youngsters causing trouble in one of the county's biggest villages.
TRIMLEY: Community leaders and police are trying to find a suitable site to accommodate a youth bus project to try to stop youngsters causing trouble in one of the county's biggest villages.
Last summer people in Trimley St Mary were plagued by a gang of around 50 teenagers, some of them drunk, meeting on the green outside the shops in Faulkeners Way.
There were reports of vandalism and unruly behaviour by the group going to and from the estate.
Insp Steve Gallant, of Felixstowe police, and parish and district councillor Graham Harding have been working with the Safer Neighbourhood Team to try to find a solution and provide extra activities and a meeting place for the youngsters.
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Mr Harding said the Felixstowe Christian Youth Worker Trust was willing to send its Boost Bus to the village but a site was needed to park the vehicle.
The double-decker bus currently stops next to the green on Cavendish Park and also at Deben High School some evenings.
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It is a place where teenagers can meet to socialise and also play computer games, listen to music, and enjoy refreshments.
“The bus is fully equipped with loads on board for the youngsters to do and is open to any young people,” said Mr Harding.
“We feel it would be a really good start to provide our young people with somewhere to go. However, at the moment we just haven't been able to find anywhere suitable for it to park. We have considered Faulkeners Way but because of the trouble there has already been in that area it is probably not a good idea.
“We are currently investigating a new possibility.”
What activities for youngsters would you like to see in the village? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org