A £5,000 boost aims to tackle anti-social behaviour in the Colne Valley.
All six Liberal Democrat councillors on Kirklees Council’s area committee voted to spend the money on Streetscene sessions in a bid to divert youngsters involved in crime and anti-social behaviour away from it.
Streetscene is a youth work project with staff employed by West Yorkshire Youth Association and paid for by the Kirklees Young People’s Service.
The workers go out and speak to youngsters on their terms to find out what they want and need.
If appropriate, they introduce them to Connexions, which gives information, advice and support to people aged 13 to 19 about training, education and work.
The money will be used to fund two sessions each week.
Clr Nicola Turner, chairman of the Colne Valley Area Committee, said Streetscene sessions had been held in Meltham and been successful.
She added: “People from Streetscene talk to the young people on the streets to gain their trust and find out what kind of things they want to do and give advice on drug and alcohol awareness.’’
The sessions will be wherever there is thought to be a problem in the Colne Valley.
That is decided with the police.
Clr Turner said: “Dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour is a top priority for Colne Valley residents. The area committee will keep working to provide extra money to tackle this issue.
“Streetscene has proved very effective in other areas and I hope this extra funding will be equally useful here.
“While most young people behave responsibly we have had reports from residents of small pockets of trouble.
“In particular, concerns were raised about Honley, New Mill and Slaithwaite.
“We have decided to use the Street-scene approach to make sure we are able to target resources at the places where they are needed.’’