Sheringham Town Council requests clear the air talks following row over ‘unruly behaviour’ at Youth Zone

Sheringham Youth Zone founder Julie Chalmers with club members. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Youth Zone founder Julie Chalmers with club members. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Uncertainty surrounds the future of a youth club in Sheringham amid claims it is being forced out of its current home following what it described as 'exaggerated' complaints of unruly behaviour by youngsters.

Sheringham Youth Zone founder Julie Chalmers with club members, north Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and tow

Sheringham Youth Zone founder Julie Chalmers with club members, north Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and town councillors, pictured after the club raised £1,000 for a defibrillator. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Julie Chalmers, who founded Sheringham Youth Zone at the community centre, revealed she plans to move it outwith the town after the town council, which manages the building, took them to task over damaged window blinds.

Sheringham town councillor Liz Withington. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham town councillor Liz Withington. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

She claimed relationships broke down completely when their regular slot at the venue was booked out to another group.

The youth leader said it is hoped to reopen the youth club at the village hall in Upper Sheringham on April 21.

However, town councillors have requested a meeting with the Youth Zone organiser in an effort to clear the air and force a rethink.


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Mrs Chalmers said: 'The whole thing has just been so stressful and upsetting.

'We have a hundred of Sheringham's children on our books and we are trying to provide them with a fun and safe place in a town where there is nothing else for them but, particularly as our spot has already been rented out to another club, we felt we had no choice but to look for alternative premises.

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'They said that we had allowed 50 blinds to be broken by letting children play indoor football, that they had been throwing bottles at the windows and that they had been misusing the toilets. This just wasn't true.'

Moving to Upper Sheringham will mean the club will have to sell some of its equipment as the village hall has a much smaller storage space, Mrs Chalmers added. It will also mean a longer journey for club members, but leaders have offered to ferry children home in their cars.

The club raised the issue at a town council meeting on Tuesday night.

Town councillor Liz Withington said: 'The important message from the town council is that we strongly feel we should be supporting the Youth Zone, it is vital that we have somewhere for our youth and children to go and we very much want them to be in the community centre as, after all, they are the future of our town,' Mrs Chalmers has agreed to the meeting, but has told parents that, if issues cannot be resolved, the club will move.

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