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£40,000 for new “cage”

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South Shields to “benefit” from another daft scheme

Have you ever wondered just how many of these “cages” are actually used to capacity? Have you ever wandered past one of these ugly “prison exercise yards” and found……………….wait for it……………….nobody there?

Has anyone ever carried out an investigation to find out just how many service users/clients/customers per hour make use these “cages” in an average week? I think I ought to go out and take some random pictures at various times of day and night during a typical week just to find out.It would be interesting to see a calculation of just how much money per user these “cages” cost us all, then we can determine if they are, or are, not good value.

Of course I can hear the cries going up that there aren’t enough facilities for young people in South Shields and that we need more “cages” to keep them off the streets. However in the case of Harton Moor there is a similar empty cage standing two or three hundred yards away at Cleadon Recreation Ground by the Nook, there is also an expanse of space and real football fields two hundred yards away at Temple Park, oh but these require the poor dears to cross busy roads!

However, in these hard pressed economic times we seem to be able to squeeze £40,000 from various sources in our budgets to massage the ego a Labour councillor charged with looking after children and young people (and he wants “the rest of the community to also take advantage”). It will be built, up and running, but never full, by the turn of the year – just in time for Cllr. Foreman to gloat about it in the run up to next year’s elections!

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Written by curly

October 6, 2009 at 9:22 pm

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  1. This just shows how out of touch with the youth and south tyneside you are,of course the kids arn’t using it during the day when you walk past…maybe because they’re in education? and lets take temple park, you expect the youth to play football and sports on what is merely a waste ground for mindless dog owners!?

    This isn’t about politics, it’s about serving the youth of south tyneside…or maybe they’re forgot about in egotistical party politics?


    October 6, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    • I do plenty of walking around after 3.30 pm when I collect my own kids from school, then I see what they and their mates get up to. We have often walked across the whole of Temple Park, they have proper football fields there as well as public toilets for dogs, but irresponsible dog owners will disabuse any patch of grass in any park!
      Out of touch with the youth indeed?


      October 7, 2009 at 8:47 pm

  2. Oh for the days of football in the street ! But then there were fewer cars around.

    cherry bear

    October 7, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    • I can understand folks not wishing to have footballs bashed up against their walls and garden fences these days, but I cannot understand the need or desire to go expending cash when there are perfectly safe and abundant facilities so nearby.


      October 7, 2009 at 8:41 pm

  3. although curly, we still see kids playing on open expanses of grass or the street and still see the moaning people of south tyneside whinging about gang culture and kids hanging round on the streets or drinking in temple park…maybe these football ‘cages’ give somewhere for the youth to actually go and stop the harrasment they face from older generations!?


    October 7, 2009 at 10:30 pm

  4. James
    It seems your having a good go at Temple Park.
    Whats the problem with it ?


    October 8, 2009 at 9:11 am

  5. Judging by the culture that we see in films from over the pond,these ‘cages’ appear to work for American youth living in urban areas.I know that it is eons ago, but as I remember it we only wanted somewhere to hang out, away from parents who knew nothing! A place where we could put the world to rights.After all at fourteen you were a grownup.Were you not??? Does no-one else remember being dragged back in the house for giving the reply, ‘out’ to what was after all a perfectly reasonable parental enquiry, ‘Where are you going?’.It’s unreasonable to moan about a generation that is glued to computers and reality TV and not allow them the chance to hang out with their peers. Let’s see if these areas work before knocking them.

    mrs. doasyouwouldbedoneby

    October 8, 2009 at 6:00 pm

  6. There’s definatly nothing wrong with temple park im just using it as an example its a fantastic resource in south shields but minorities are abusing this vital backbone of leisure leaving the youth no where too go?


    October 8, 2009 at 10:07 pm

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