Younger Residents Could Get Their Own Place To ‘Chill’

Youth Parliament Members Zoe Jenkins (left) and Inca Reynolds

Youth Parliament Members Zoe Jenkins (left) and Inca Reynolds

Young islanders on St Mary’s could soon have their own space in which to relax and socialise, thanks to the hard work of Youth Parliament representatives.

In March, MYP Zoe Jenkins and her deputy Inca Reynolds told Radio Scilly that youngsters wanted a place to “chill out” away from adults.

Since then, the pair has investigated options for a wooden shelter, similar to the building on The Strand. The structure would allow under 16s to congregate without the need for adult supervision as it would be a basic building without rooms and doors.

The girls have polled their peers, and the respondents to their survey favour putting up a unit on Porthcressa, near to the play park.

Inca tells Radio Scilly that they’ve found some pre-fabricated building makers who could provide a suitable structure. They now need to gain Council consent and funding.

The girls have met with councillors Christine Savill and David Pearson to outline their proposal and David says he’s supportive of their idea.

Funding the scheme will be the next hurdle but David doesn’t rule out some form of Council help and he says there are funds for the community available. He added, “Nothing is impossible”

Council Childcare and Youth Officer Helen McGuinness is helping the girls fine tune their plans, which will go before planners, and they’ll meet with Chief Planner Craig Dryden soon.

And subject to permissions and funding, young people could have their own space by this time next year.



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