CALLS are being made for a youth club to return to Machynlleth to tackle anti-social behaviour.
The Cambrian News reported last week how CCTV was installed at a community garden, Gerddi Bro Ddyfi Gardens, after groups of young people caused extensive damage to the gardens “for months”.
A meeting was held with local young people, to discuss what could be done to support young people in Machynlleth, in light of the vandalism and volunteer co-ordinator Angela Paxton said they recognized the need to “support our young people”.
Angela said around 25 people from the community attended the meeting: “The youth initiative meeting was well attended, with concerned local residents, representatives from PAVO (Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations), l town youth worker, town councilors and young people who were in the gardens at the time.
“It was a very informal session, people expressing their concerns and suggesting ideas. PAVO representatives have taken the people’s details and will follow up with suggestions for further meetings.
“It was widely agreed that there needs to be more young people in the city, and there will be further meetings about this. It was pointed out that the main thing to do is to have a committee to get things done, apply for funding for a youth club and youth workers, and manage that.
“I was very happy to see that several city councilors were elected to do more for the city’s young people and I hope this will be a priority for the new city council. Gerddi Bro Ddyfi Gardens will support any such project as we know how much teenagers need their own space and more youth friendly activities.
“In the community gardens, we are going to remove our main shelter, as it is no longer worth repairing – repairs were taking too long during gardening sessions. We are here to garden!
“We are going to redevelop the whole area where the shelter was and we have started to do this with volunteers, our group of children and visitors from the garden. We have maps to scale, with cutouts, and pens and paper for people to add their own ideas to the new design, and we’ll also reference our recent community survey, where many people gave us their ideas for gardens. We envision that the newly designed space will have no permanent covered areas, which we hope could help reduce anti-social behavior.
“People can come to the gardens on our drop days, Tuesdays and Thursdays, or to our market stall on May 18, to give their thoughts on this.
“We hope to have many improved features in the space, such as wheelchair-accessible raised beds, wildlife features such as a new garden pond, and temporary shelters, depending on what people want.”