Guardian Comment: Young people need somewhere to go

The Ridge Square on The Ridge estate in Lancaster.

The Ridge Square on The Ridge estate in Lancaster.

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As someone who lived next to Lancaster’s Ridge Estate for many years, I am sad to see that problems of anti-social behaviour have been escalating in recent months.

The Ridge Community Centre had its funding slashed by more than half 18 months ago so it is not surprising that young people and others have started congregating on Ridge Square. It is also understandable that some residents are not keen to go out at night because of this.

The centre, which is run by the YMCA, provides a hugely valuable service on a few nights of the week, but there is clearly a demand for more services for young people in the area.

A youth shelter might work, however, the provision of indoor facilities with meaningful activities would be a better solution.