Teenagers really get into the Spring swing

Hannah and Charlotte Conley try out the new facilities.
Hannah and Charlotte Conley try out the new facilities.
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Hambleton teenagers are celebrating the opening of their new hangout zone at the Bob Williamson Playing Fields.

Youngsters from the village approached their local councillors to ask for a youth shelter to be installed.

Not only did they get a covered seating area complete with table and windbreak, but funding was also found for new play equipment specially designed for older children.

St Aidan’s pupil Hannah Conley, 16, was part of the group that spearheaded the campaign. She said: “My friends and I didn’t think there was enough to do for people of our age and wanted some sort of shelter at the park like we’d seen at other parks.

“There were only some benches and then there’s another area for little kids, but nothing for us, so we asked the councillors if they could help.”

A series of plans were drawn up and Hannah and her friends discussed the options with other young people and residents of the village.

She added: “Everyone voted on their favourite and the one that was chosen was this new shelter and the new equipment which included a see saw, a zipslide and a skateboard area.

“I’ve tried them out and it’s a lot of fun, and the shelter’s brilliant. Some friends have also had a go on the equipment and said they enjoyed it.

“A lot of people have been talking about doing this for a while so I’m really glad that we helped to make it happen.”

Ward councillors Julie Robinson and Lynne Bowen sourced £27,000 from Wyre Council’s Shaping Your Neighbourhood fund and the parish council topped up the pot with another £5,000.

Coun Robinson said: “We’re really pleased with the new facilities, they’re a great asset for the youth of Hambleton.

“The councils have been very supportive with funding but most importantly the young people of Hambleton have been very closely involved in the whole project.

“They asked for something better and helped choose the design, and now we hope they really enjoy using their new area.“

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