Added on 19 December 2017 at 13:07
Youth provision was given a Christmas boost in Nailsea in North Somerset this week.
A new youth shelter was opened in the town’s Millennium Park on Sunday 17 December).
The project was driven by police sergeant Mark Raby and neighbourhood team colleagues and has taken 18 months to come to fruition.
The police worked with Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club, Nailsea Fire Service and Carpe Diem Boot Camp to create the shelter over the past month.
The project resulted from the police working with young people in area about whether they wanted a shelter so they could sit and meet up.
Cash for the scheme was provided by Nailsea Town Council, the police’s “Tough as Nails Nailsea” project and support from Nailsea Masonic Hall and the funds from the High Sheriff.
The shelter was opened by Donna Jordon from Carpe Diem Boot Camp, who runs a youth boot camp in the park each week and has helped with the “Tough As Nails Nailsea” project.
She said: “I have been pleased to help support this project. We are keen to encourage more families and organisations to use the park.
Sgt Mark Raby thanked everyone who had been involved with the project: “The park is for everyone to come and enjoy and I hope the shelter is used by those who want to make the most of it. We are committed to making the park a safe place for everyone use and will actively target anyone committing anti-social behaviour.
“We have, with the help of the community arrested two people over the past couple of months for significant offences and would encourage members of the public to come forward and report any anti-social behaviour,” said PS Raby