New scheme for young people in Oswestry

The town has been plagued by an outbreak of vandalism and anti-social behaviour over recent months, with complaints about intimidation also being made. Such has been the problem that town councillors invited West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion to a public meeting to discuss the problems last month. Councillor Jay Moore also tabled a motion to Oswestry Town Council meeting requesting it look into the costs of funding a youth outreach team.

On Monday councillors met to discuss proposals that have been drawn up with The New Saints football club in the community trust. It already runs a successful holiday scheme for children and young people in the town. Last night the council's finance committee voted to continue with the free holiday scheme, based in Cae Glas Park and also in another venue still to be decided.

Mayor, Councillor Sandy Best, said one of the aims of the scheme was to encourage children to get active and get out and about in the holidays. It was also recognising that it provided free activities.

Advertising "It can be hard going for parents in school holidays," she said.

Councillors also agreed to take the first step towards the possibility of having community outreach. It is to work with TNS to come up with a proposal on how to go out into the community, talk to young people and understand what they would like in the way of activities. "It is exploratory work.

The council recognises that there are issues with young people in Oswestry and the aim it to try to understand their needs and wishes," Councillor Best said.

Advertising "We are pleased to be working with TNS." Councillor Moore said he was hopeful that the work would lead to taking on a outreach worker for Oswestry.

"I'm very confident in the team that put themselves forward to run the service, and wish them every success going forward.

"Youth work was my primary reason for trying to get elected to Oswestry Town Council in the first place," he said.

A further report on the exploratory work will come back to the council later in the year.

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