Keeping the kids busy

Worksop South-East Beat Team (w120322-9)
Worksop South-East Beat Team (w120322-9)

This summer is going to be wet for some Manton teenagers.

But we’re not talking about the weather, we’re referring to the kind of wet that comes from having lots of organised fun in the water.

We’re taking Xtreme measures in a bid to keep Worksop youngsters busy during the holidays. Twenty 15 to 18-year-olds from Manton, Rhodesia and Carlton have been invited to a session on 16th June to hear about the Xtreme Project.

Eight will then be selected for the 12-week program and given the chance to take part in a range of land and water-based sports and excursions, including climbing, kayaking and mountain biking.

Those who express further interest can undertake a coaching course, allowing them to become a volunteer with the project, and gain skills for future employment and education opportunities.

The long-term aim of the project, funded by the Pfizer UK Foundation and facilitated by NHS Bassetlaw, the county and district councils, Notts Police and local charity Young Potential, is to build life skills, confidence and encourage wellbeing in our young people.

In other news, you may have noticed a police checkpoint in Retford Road on 31st May. We stopped numerous vehicles and eleven were fined for not wearing a seatbelt and one for using a mobile phone while driving. Two motorists had their vehicles seized following licence and insurance breaches.

On a related subject, we are appealing to motorists in Radford Street and Shrewsbury Road to have some consideration for others.

There has been a problem with irresponsible parking, leading to buses being unable to get down streets. It also poses a risk to other motorists and pedestrians. If the problem persists, fines will be issued.

To end of a positive point, we’ve seen an reduction in antisocial behaviour and criminal damage in Lanchester Gardens over the previous month. This is thanks to the community working with us to identify those responsible.

We have since spoken with a number of 12 to 16-year-olds and their parents, outlining the consequences of their actions.