Three cafes are set to become chill out zones for young people on Saturday nights during the festive period as part of East Dunbartonshire Council’s TSX13 (Think Safe at Xmas 2013) campaign.
Milngavie’s Bullands Coffee House, Café Barga in Lennoxtown and Café Crème in Bishopbriggs will throw open their doors to 14-16 year olds between 7.30pm and 10pm for three consecutive Saturdays starting on November 30.
The cafés will offer teenagers a safe place to hang out during the long winter nights and provide them with a cool environment to meet friends.
It is hoped the initiative will help cut down instances of anti-social behaviour, which can increase at this time of year, by offering young people a positive alternative to gathering in groups in the area’s streets and parks.
The teenagers can enjoy soft drinks, hot chocolate, tea/coffee and cakes and will even be able to bring along their own music on CDs that café owners will play for them.
Council environmental wardens and community police representatives will also pop into the cafés briefly during the evening to ensure the event runs safely and smoothly.
Led by East Dunbartonshire Licensing Standards Team, TSX13 is a six-week multi-agency campaign focusing on the safe consumption of alcohol in East Dunbartonshire’s licensed premises over the festive period.
The campaign kicks off with a bespoke TSX13 On Sales Licensing Conference in Bishopbriggs, on Tuesday, November 26 before focusing on enforcement targeted at rogue premises.
Councillor John Dempsey, chair of the licensing board said: “This scheme offers an excellent alternative for East Dunbartonshire’s teenagers who otherwise might have nowhere to gather apart from our street corners.
“The café owners are to be applauded for taking part in this initiative and giving our young people a safe and fun environment to hang out in during the long, cold winter evenings.”
Angela Main, Bullands Coffee House owner, said: “We are very happy to support the campaign and contribute to its success.
“I think it is a great idea and if it is successful we will consider making it a regular event.”