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Crime down since Cedars Youth and Community Centre opened
Crime has fallen in the area around a community centre over its first year in operation, according to council figures.
Since the Cedars Youth and Community Centre, in Chicheley Road, in Harrow Weald was opened a year ago, overall crime in the surrounding area is down by 25 per cent compared to the year before.
Also, in the figures from Harrow Borough Council, anti-social behaviour in the area has also fallen by 37.5 per cent in the same period.
Receptionist at the centre Lisa Golding said: “There are definitely fewer young people hanging around the area now that there is much more to do, thanks to the provision of various sports and a youth club at the centre.
“There appears to be a greater respect for property in the surrounding roads now, and the centre’s staff have done their bit by keeping the immediate grounds clean and litter-free.”
The centre, operated by Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust, has nearly 150 daily users and provides activities for young people in and around Harrow Weald.
Activities on offer include football on all weather surfaces, basketball, table tennis, badminton, yoga, dance and fitness classes.
Councillor Zarina Khalid, cabinet member for children, schools and families said: “The safety and wellbeing of our residents is of paramount importance to Harrow Council and I’m delighted to hear that Cedars Youth and Community Centre has had such a positive impact on the community.
“The site is extremely popular with our residents and I would like to thank all the staff involved who have helped to provide great activities in such a fantastic facility.
“Our strong partnership with Watford FC has helped get the facility get to where it is today, and I hope that the people of Harrow continue to use the centre.”
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