Councillors win cross-party support for youth services plan

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Children enjoying the Kingsmead Field

Two prominent Canterbury city councillors have won cross-party support for a plan to improve services for young people in the district.

Labour group leader Cllr Alan Baldock and his Lib Dem counterpart argue that better youth services would help reduce anti-social behaviour.

They put a motion forward at a meeting of the full council on Thursday and received support councillors of all parties.

It means a working group will be set up “whose aim will be to take a long view on facilitating future Canterbury City Council projects that encourage greater engagement of young people in their communities and reduce anti-social behaviour”.

Cllr Baldock, who represents the Northgate ward, moved the motion.

He told the meeting: “This motion has evolved from conversations at the last Canterbury Forum, conversations that extended from Buskers to Skateboarding. Young people were very much part of those conversations, they had wise words to say.

“There is undoubtedly a heady mix of activities and funding for young people within our district, activities directed by KCC, academy schools, voluntary sector, Canterbury City Council and others.

“But do we as a council have an overall vision of what we want, as community leaders for our young people. We have unlimited good intention and the most amazing youth workers imaginable, but very limited funds.

“The working group we suggest would seek under its remit to define that elusive vision by working alongside the incredible teams already delivering projects and see what more we can do to fill the gaps.”

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