Teens call for more activities

A PLEA from two teenagers desperate for something to do may today persuade town officials to work towards creating a new facility for young people.Lewis Robinson, 14, and Conner Pickering, 14, both from Ipswich, have set the wheels in motion for a new youth centre or internet café for young people on the Gainsborough estate.

A PLEA from two teenagers desperate for something to do may today persuade town officials to work towards creating a new facility for young people.

Lewis Robinson, 14, and Conner Pickering, 14, both from Ipswich, have set the wheels in motion for a new youth centre or internet café for young people on the Gainsborough estate.

After the boys were asked not to congregate in parts of the Gainsborough area, they decided it was time they did something to help themselves.

John Wood, police community support officer, said: “We got a call from the public complaining about youths congregating in the Gainsborough area so we went down there and I asked them if they could move away from the shop area.


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“I knew them and had a bit of a chat with them and they said how bad it was for them.

“They said they felt that their wasn't anything for teenagers from the age of 13 to 19 who didn't want to go on the BMX track or play on the swings at Landseer park and they said they wanted an internet café.

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“I suggested to them that they should use the resources that they've got and I encouraged them to present their case to the council and councillors.”

Within two hours the boys had got three pages of signatures together and had stopped people in the street to ask them what should be made available to young people.

Conner Pickering, of Turner Road, said: “There's nothing for us to do so we thought that we might as well try and get something done about it.

“All the little ones have a park but we are too old to go there; I would just like somewhere to play and something to do.”

Bill Quinton, councillor for the area, said: “The two lads are really keen on the idea of trying to do something for the youngsters in the area.

Council officials are now in discussions with residents to determine what can be provided for young people in the area.

“The youngsters are proving the point that there is definitely a need for somewhere for these young people to go,” Mr Quinton said.

“I just hope that people will listen to their plea.”

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