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YOUNGSTERS in Holbeach have a new place to “hang out” thanks to a Lottery grant.

The town’s Teenage Drop In Centre got £9,788 from the Awards For All Big Lottery Fund, some of which has paid for a half pod youth shelter.

The shelter has been installed on the field next to the community centre in Damgate and, thanks to Bluetooth technology, enables teenagers to use exercise to power a generator that produces light and music.

The steel construction is highly resilient and easy to clean, has an overhanging roof sealed with specially designed waterproof rubber strips to keep users dry, and provides great wind protection as well.

Some of the remaining funding will go towards a brochure of activities for young people in Holbeach, the design of which is currently being discussed with staff and Year Ten pupils at the University Academy Holbeach and is hoped to be launched in time for Christmas.

The half pod was installed by Apollo Property Services Group, the company which installs kitchens and bathrooms for South Holland District Council.

Kurt Mason, Apollo’s divisional manager, said: “It was a pleasure to be involved in a project like this. We are committed to leaving behind a lasting legacy in the communities where we work and we believe the pod will provide a safe and functional meeting place for young people in Holbeach for many years to come.”

District councillor Nick Worth, who helped with the funding application, added: “Teenagers in Holbeach have been telling me for some time that there is nowhere for them to hang out socially and that everything always goes to Spalding.

“I am sure they will enjoy this new, innovative shelter and make good use of it.

“All evidence from similar shelters built around the country suggest that they play a significant part in reducing anti-social behaviour and can improve community safety.”

The half pod, which was made by Sutcliffe Play, will be officially opened by teenagers on Thursday at 4.30pm.