23, 2017 Burnham
election candidate calls for boost in council youth spending
Burnham-On-Sea resident has this week called on town councillors
to boost its spending on local youth groups and activities in the
at a meeting of the Town Council's Town Projects Committee on Monday
evening (May 22nd), Bev Milner Simonds pointed out that the Town
Council's latest budget has earmarked 26.69% of its funding on "residents
who are dead" through its budget for maintaining graveyards,
while 1.2% of its funding goes to "youth provision."
who is one of several
candidates in Burnham South standing in the Town Council by-election
on June 8th, said: "I am concerned about the lack of a coherent
strategy to support the towns younger residents."
am talking about the needs of children and young people (0-19 years)
in Burnham on Sea & Highbridge how personal development
and leisure time activities are being met at present."
you look at the nature and extent of provision that already exists
for children and young people you will know that there are many
groups providing activities in the town but the main barriers for
young people to access them are cost and getting there."
added: "I have spoken with key stakeholders in the town and
found that services for young people have been hit hard by national
and local budget restrictions."
you overlay the current situation with the local data trends for
future population growth and location, we will have a significant
shortfall in local provision building on the gaps we see
already. 35.5% of BoS & H homes do not meet the 2Ha of standard
of being within 300m of Accessible Natural Green Space standard."
Sea Cadets have been appealing for funding, the Zone been forced
to its knees before intervention. There is also a distinct lack
of tolerance of young people 'hanging out' in public spaces."
was 2014/15 that we last saw a concerted focus on youth provision
by this council establishing a youth council that delivered
a wide variety of activities over the course of a year."
research has shown that current provision, whilst of a good standard,
is limited and not meeting all young people's needs."
am calling for a thorough research into current provision, future
needs and the delivery of a strategy by this council to support
the young people locally. The town council has a role to play in
co-ordinating youth providers across the town; ensure quality in
services; support communities; and make better use of potential
town councils grant funding should support young peoples
stated desire for places to go and things to do; support young peoples
access to activities they are interested in; encourage inter-generational
relationships; maintain play provision; protect important services
such as post natal groups, the toy libraries; and begins the development
of youth voice in decisions that affect young people."
went on to say that the council needs a "Strategic direction
for provision by public and voluntary sector of young peoples
services, Have the evidence of gaps in service provision that can
be used by groups to back funding applications, Address the imbalance
that the despite the large number of groups for teenagers locally,
we know that there are many young people in the town who feel that
there is nothing for them to do, and ensure that local, safe places
to play for younger children."
to Burnham-On-Sea.com after Monday's meeting, Town Council Clerk
Tatiana Cant said youth funding would be on the agenda of a future
meeting to be discussed by town councillors.
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