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Editorial comment: Great youth zone news

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 December 2017

Council leader Darren Rodwell, deputy leader Saima Ashraf and Cllr Maureen Worby promote Barking and Dagenham’s Youth Zone. Picture: LBBD

Council leader Darren Rodwell, deputy leader Saima Ashraf and Cllr Maureen Worby promote Barking and Dagenham's Youth Zone. Picture: LBBD

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It was a few years ago at a council-staged summer event that I first heard about the idea of a youth zone in the borough.

Plans for the £6million centre were bold, innovative and inclusive.

And the enthusiasm from those I talked to about the plan was quite something.

Fast-forward a few years and that energetic discussion with the council leader and representatives from Onside Youth Zone is now becoming a reality.

Work on the development in Parsloes Park will begin soon and it’s great news.

Many London boroughs - of which this one is no exception - are grappling with a surge in violent crime. But local authorities and the Met Police are also dealing with funding cuts as central government austerity measures continue and ministers only have time for Brexit.

So credit where credit is due. The council, The Queen’s Trust and the Jack Petchey Foundation have pulled off a blinder with this excellent project.

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