Parish Council to consider funding youth club as it calls on Council and Police to do more to tackle ASB

There is renewed hope for youth services in the village following a suggestion by the new chair of the Parish Council that Colnbrook could follow Britwell in establishing its own youth club with funding from the National Lottery.

With the YES consortium struggling to resource youth activities outside of Britwell, Chalvey and the town centre, could the Parish Council look to provide alternative facilities?

With the YES consortium struggling to resource youth activities outside of Britwell, Chalvey and the town centre, could the Parish Council look to provide alternative facilities?

Anti social behaviour issues during the Summer holidays have recently been raised with Thames Valley and Slough Borough Council by the Parish Council.  But Cllr Scott Bryant has indicated to fellow councillors that Colnbrook could do more to provide facilities for kids in the parish.  He wants to emulate Britwell Parish Council to acquire funding for a building and running costs of providing a new youth club.

Cllr Bryant made the comments in a meeting last month during a report on issues discussed at the Slough Local Forum, the Slough Borough Council committee that allows the borough’s three parish councils to meet and discuss areas of interest.

He told those present that Britwell’s own youth club, and dedicated building, had been funded through the National Lottery.  Currently around 150 children attended Britwell’s youth club every Friday evening.  He felt that this could be something Colnbrook could look at in the future.

Separately the Parish Council says it has written to Slough Borough Council and Thames Valley Police regarding recent Anti Social Behaviour issues and vulnerable children, with responses being received so far from Slough’s Children’s Services Trust and the Community Safety Team.

Cllr Bedi told the meeting of the Services Committee that the council cannot give out names and addresses of those persons involved but the police can and are aware. She said she had given a statement to Police along with a catapult.

Cllr Bryant commented that “now that it is the Summer holidays actions need to be put in place and TVP and SBC need to deal with the problems”.

The positive words around reinstating a facility for kids follows the closure of the Youth Club run by the Colnbrook Community Association in conjunction with St Thomas’ Church.  That was forced to close in March due to lack of funding, having previously been funded by the YES consortium with several other minor grants including the Parish Council.

YES, Youth Engagement Slough, recently published an evaluation of the first few years of its contract with Slough Borough Council, concluding that “this is a good news story” but that some lessons had to be learned.  The YES tender to provide youth services for Slough has been in place since 2013 and ran to March 2016 (for Chalvey and Manor Park) and later in 2016 for the second and third contracts (Britwell and Colnbrook and Central/Wexham and Langley).  While the CCA was one of 27 associate organisations to YES, the emphasis in the evaluation report is very much on services for kids in the town centre, Chalvey and Britwell.

YES continues to focus on the “YES shop” in the town centre although it does still provides some activities in peripheral areas.

The evaluation report concluded:

“The ambition of Slough BC to deliver in a broader range of venues appears to have been achieved. Some venues are bespoke, such as Britwell Youth and Community Project and the Orchard but others such as Chalvey Community Centre, Britwell Community Centre (although not exclusively) present their own challenges and some are not totally appropriate for the numbers of young people or the activities on offer, but this is very much in the minority and the sessions are delivered well and attract good numbers of young people.

“The YES Shop in the town centre is an excellent addition to the provision for young people in Slough. The shop is used by other groups as well as YES and Slough BC have also accessed it to meet or to deliver to young people, adding to the finding that YES is a known brand in the Borough”.

With the YES budget constrained and nothing budgeted by the parish for youth services in the 2016/2017 financial year however, the aspiration to provide a youth club in Colnbrook may be some way off.

Separately, Cllr Bryant said the Forum had also discussed the financial restraints around dealing with the borough’s current parking issues, flood mitigation measures, and the recent Disaster Management exercise carried out by Heathrow.  SBC will now be holding four similar forums a year and will theme the agenda.  The next will take place in October.

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