Youth cen­tre not suit­able at site

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - Name and ad­dress sup­plied

THERE is much op­po­si­tion to hav­ing a youth cen­tre sit­u­ated where pro­posed in Hare­field.

How­ever, there is a sim­i­lar youth cen­tre, which is state of the art and well at­tended, in Hal­low­ell Road, North­wood.

The lat­ter road – at the junc­tion with Roy Road – is ex­tremely busy and has cars parked on both sides much of the time!

Also the Hal­low­ell lo­ca­tion is an area of many ‘older type smaller houses’.

The North­wood Youth Cen­tre is prop­erly sound in­su­lated and while it is fair to say that I do not live in the pre­cise lo­ca­tion, I have never been aware of prob­lems or dis­tur­bances as­so­ci­ated with the cen­tre which is a very fine and prop­erly run Hilling­don Coun­cil fa­cil­ity.

We hear all the time ‘young peo­ple need some­where to go; some­thing to do’.

It is sim­ply an idea, but might it be a use­ful ex­er­cise for the Hare­field peo­ple to see at first­hand how the North­wood, and per­haps the other Hilling­don youth cen­tres. op­er­ate?

I hope that if, in the end, the site presently pro­posed is re­jected a suit­able lo­ca­tion will be found for a Youth Cen­tre in Hare­field.

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