Mayor at 'wit's end' over lack of youth services
PUBLISHED: 14:12 22 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:07 15 June 2010
SEATON town councillors have slammed Devon County Council for the lack of youth service facilities in the town.
SEATON town councillors have slammed Devon County Council for the lack of youth service facilities in the town.And, during their monthly meeting, councillors pointed out there had been no replacement for a youth club closed years ago.Councillor Sandra Semple, the Mayor of Seaton, said: "It's been two years since the community youth service building was closed. I'm at my wit's end. I feel like I'm banging my head against a wall."We need to have talks with multi agency groups and bring money and expertise into Seaton. "We have to address the woeful inadequacies of youth provision in this town."Councillors said they were disappointed that an annual report by Devon Youth Service's East Devon Team barely included Seaton.They argued it "trumpeted" youth centres in other towns, but only referred to youth workers, who offered a street-based and mobile provision, spending four weeks in Seaton.Cllr Semple added: "A mobile centre is a stop gap and a temporary measure. We have had that for two years now."It was agreed they would write to East Devon Youth Service Team with their concerns.Councillors also suggested they meet with the youth of the town to ascertain what facilities were needed.Councillor Pepita Collins said: "I think we really ought to have a view from the youth to see what they wish to receive.