YOUNGSTERS fear walking down some streets in Quedgeley because of a hidden drugs culture, it has been claimed.
Quedgeley parish councillors discussed the problem at a meeting this week.
Councillor Steve Smith said: “The kids sat around the table and they said that they are worried about drugs and some have said they are frightened to walk around some areas.”
Fellow councillor Richard Sims added: “It is a genuine concern from some of them.”
And councillor Gill White, from Kingsway, said: “Many of the problems we are experiencing in Kingsway are coming from Hempsted. It only takes one person on the estate to invite people from different areas.
“I wouldn’t say that the situation is really bad but it is a big area with lots of different types of people so you are bound to get these issues.
“They know where the drug problems are and some of them are willing to talk about it but they don’t know where they can get the support.”
But support is on hand for Quedgeley’s most vulnerable children and teenagers, a support worker has said.
Debbie Webb, community social worker from Gloucestershire County Council’s early intervention targeted support team, said: “There may be a number of needs that a child has and we are working in the community to try and meet those.
“We have family support workers who are working with children on the impact of domestic violence and issues such as self harm and low self-esteem.
“We are trying to manage some difficult cases. For the children it is about permanency and making sure they are not moved around all of the time.”
Other efforts in Quedgeley and Kingsway include the Reach Out! project which sees youth worker Jess Price head out into the community meeting youngsters on the streets. Jess is leaving the post but a replacement youth worker will be appointed.
A new community builder has also been appointed, with funding from the police and crime commissioner Martin Surl. Their job will be to pull together the different people in the community and link resources to better tackle the issues the area faces.