Latest figures show that in the last month, Fulham Police have sent thirteen warning letters to young people in Sands End. All have all been alleged to be involved in anti-social behaviour.
Readers will recall that back in January, many Sands End residents contacted me to complain that large numbers of young people were now roaming the streets following the £5million sell-off of the Castle Club play and youth centre by H&F's Conservative run council. The property is now being converted into a luxury private house.
Referring to the high number of police warnings, local resident Brendan Bird said “I’m not surprised. There is now a noticeable increase in the number of kids hanging around on the streets since the closure of the Castle Club. There has not been any appropriate replacement of facilities. Instead, H&F Conservatives sold the Castle Club off as a luxury private house despite it being bequeathed “for the care of the children of Fulham” by Laurence Sulivan in 1855. The Castle Club was an after-school play centre for kids aged between 5 to 11 and in the evenings it was a youth club that specialised in IT and photography for young people aged up to 16. Clearly anti-social behaviour needs to be dealt with but I also believe that Sands End desperately needs facilities that will be both attractive to young people and use up their energies in a constructive way”.
Brendan Bird and his fellow Sands End residents are campaigning to have the youth and play facilities replaced. Please email his campaign here to find out more.