BOVEY Tracey’s new youth shelter is officially up and running.

Members of the Bovey Tracey Youth Cafe attended a small informal opening with some of the town’s young people as well as Bovey’s Mayor Sheila Brooke and Cllr Corin Burton.

Bovey Tracey Town Council have been working with Bovey Tracey Youth Cafe, Devon and Cornwall Police, local district and county councillors and the Almshouse Trust to secure funding for the shelter.

The construction of the shelter started two weeks ago.

Located between the Skate Park and the Scout building in Mill Marsh Park, the shelter aims to give Bovey Tracey’s young people a place to meet and socialise.

Cllr Corin Burton said: ‘We can confirm the roof is properly waterproof!

‘This was a small project, but was very enjoyable to be part of. It was a real collaborative effort: the shelter, for everyone to use, was the young people’s idea and they researched possibilities and designs and suppliers with help from Angie and Jez at the Bovey Tracey Youth Café.

‘We also secured funding from three different community sources, which really goes to show how friendly and close-knit this community is.

‘As a council, we only really really connected some of the dots and sorted the logistics out with Codner Builders.’

While the youth shelter is now open for use, a more formal opening will be held next week.