YOUNGSTERS need far more ready-made shelters as meeting places, says a Huddersfield community constable.
Pc Graeme Hind is trying to get one at a recreation ground off Halifax Road in Birchencliffe and believes they are the key to keeping youngsters from hanging around street corners.
He organised a basketball net and small tarmac area at the ground for youngsters and now believes a shelter is needed too - similar to one behind Oakes police station.
He said: "Many playgrounds have equipment for children aged up to 10 - but nothing for those who are older.
"I come from Barnsley and read the other week about a youngster touring the town's seven skateboard parks to raise money.
"It shows that other councils put money into schemes for teenagers in their areas."
Youngsters moved on from Salendine Nook had been gathering under a lean-to shelter attached to St Philip's Church Hall on Briarlyn Road, Birchencliffe.
The shelter covered a soft play area used by children at Birchencliffe Pre-School Nursery which is based in the hall.
But over the last two years the soft play area had been vandalised and the children had been stopped from playing out over the last 12 months.
In desperation the playgroup applied for Government cash to provide a steel fence to stop people getting into the outside play area, which has now been resurfaced.
Playgroup treasurer Pippa Robinson said: "The play area was always being vandalised and became unsuitable for the children to use."
To improve it even further, West Yorkshire Probation Service organised people on community punishment orders to strim a large slice of chest-high grassland between the hall and Halifax Road.
A skip was provided free by Kirklees Leisure Services.
St Philip's church warden Trevor Lewis said: "The people who cleared the land did a sterling job. We are really pleased with it."
Now Pc Hind is anxious to give the youngsters somewhere else to meet - and the recreation ground on the other side of Halifax Road was the obvious choice.
He said: "The basketball hoop is now up, but I believe a shelter is also needed to give the youngsters somewhere to meet.
"The land next to the basketball hardcourt is the ideal spot."