Good response to Budleigh Salterton youth club project

PUBLISHED: 02:01 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:58 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton's youth has been hard at work for the past year setting up a club to benefit the town. Here, neighbourhood beat manager PC Kim Chapman, who was instrumental in helping the teenagers achieve their goal, explains how the project is progre

BUDLEIGH Salterton's youth has been hard at work for the past year setting up a club to benefit the town.Here, neighbourhood beat manager PC Kim Chapman, who was instrumental in helping the teenagers achieve their goal, explains how the project is progressing."The youth club working group, now formally known as The Budleigh Community Youth Project, is continuing to progress our aims to provide sustainable youth facilities for Budleigh Salterton and we are working very closely with the current owners of the Venture Hall to secure the use of that building. "We are obviously delighted with the news that our county councillor, Christine Channon, has applied for a £100k grant from Devon County Council, as reported in last week's Journal, as this will, if successful, enable us to purchase the hall and provide a facility which will encompass other areas of community use. The Venture Hall is a key factor to our future and we have made significant progress on that front with the support of the owners and we are confident that we will be able to formalise an agreement with them in the coming weeks."The BCYP have now opened a bank account with NatWest and we will be contacting members of the public who have pledged financial support to provide them with the necessary details. This will be delayed for a short time as we have applied to the Charity Commission for charitable status and this will, when granted, allow for tax to be claimed under the Gift Aid rules. Another important factor in this process is that members of the group have also volunteered as trustees and they are now submitting their details to the Criminal Records Bureau for all the necessary checks which have to be made. These checks are being monitored by Devon Youth Services, which has assisted us with the completion of all the relevant paperwork and is also involved as advisors and partners in other areas of our work."Lastly, I am glad to report that, since this project started, I have received a very positive response from our young people. Disorder and other anti-social behaviour incidents involving our local youths have decreased significantly and I believe that this is a credit to them all. I am aware that there are concerns in the town about the possible impact the youth club will have and, I can reassure everyone that the youth club will not, contrary to some rumours, be solely run by the young people of Budleigh Salterton. There will be supervision by adults and I will closely monitor behaviour in and around the club and, of course, across the town as a whole. I would ask that any concerns that residents have be addressed to me and they will all be answered. PC Kim Chapman can be contacted on (01395) 442431 or by emailing Kim.CHAPMAN@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

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