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Witham: Petition launched to safeguard youth bus
1:00pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
Campaigners fear the loss of a well-used youth bus could mean an estate is once again plagued by anti-social behaviour.
Carol Martin, chairman of the Templars Residents’ Association, and Witham town councillor Neil Coughlan fear the youth bus, which visits areas that have little or no services for youngsters, could be scrapped as Essex County Council tries to save £3million.
Yesterday they launched a petition to try and ensure the bus, which also offers education and support, will still visit the estate.
Mr Coughlan, who has lived on the Templars since it was built in 1967, said: “I have watched it get some success on this estate, and lots of children that are a bit hard to reached have for the first time been reached.
“For me the loss of the bus could take us back to where we were in the 90s, when there was lots of anti-social behaviour on this estate and it took a lot of time to turn it around, and we had more police then.
“The children’s centre at Templars is also being cut.
“This is a false economy and we will pay for it in the end.”
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