Chill-out zones aim to get kids off the streets

The initiative was launched at Bullands Coffee House in Milngavie
The initiative was launched at Bullands Coffee House in Milngavie

Cafes are set to become chill- out zones for teenagers to help cut down on anti-social behaviour on Saturday nights during the festive period.

Café Barga in Lennoxtown and Café Crème in Bishopbriggs and Milngavie’s Bullands Coffee House are throwing open their doors to 14-16 year olds between 7.30pm and 10pm for three consecutive Saturdays, which started on November 30.

The cafés will offer teenagers a safe place to hang out during the long winter nights and provide them with a fun environment to meet friends.

The aim of the initiative is to help cut down instances of anti-social behaviour, which can increase at this time of year, by offering young people a positive alternative to gathering in groups in the area’s streets and parks.

It’s part of East Dunbartonshire Council’s TSX13 (Think Safe at Xmas 2013) campaign.

Councillor John Dempsey, chairman of the Licensing Board said: “This scheme offers an excellent alternative for East Dunbartonshire’s teenagers who otherwise might have nowhere to gather apart from our street corners.

“The café owners are to be applauded for taking part in this initiative and giving our young people a safe and fun environment to hang out in during the long, cold winter evenings.”

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