Graffiti has been sprayed around and on Ludlow Library and Portway. I understand this happened on Wednesday night.
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I don’t have any sympathy for young people or anyone else that vandalises buildings. But I do recognise that the limited activities and support for young people in our town increases the risk of antisocial behaviour.
We don’t know the circumstances of this attack but it does point up the urgent need to increase our support for young people in and around Ludlow. We run a youth club for younger people at the Youth Centre. We also employ detached workers to work with young people out at night. But since Shropshire Council reorganised the youth services, we have been unable to run regular drop in sessions for young people aged 14 and over.
The way Ludlow Youth Centre is run a classic example of the way Shropshire Council wastes money. It leaves me in perpetual anger. We get a grant of £10,850 to run youth services in and around the Youth Centre. But the building costs £31,350 a year to run, including £12,000 a year in cleaning costs. It is truly shocking that the council spends more cleaning the toilets than it does on youth services. Much of the cost of running Ludlow Youth Centre is unnecessary expenditure. It is typical of a council that has spent seven years failing to get a grip on its finances.
We are working on a complete overhaul of youth services in Ludlow but, unfortunately, that work has been delayed by my recent illness.