A new youth activity centre for Scouting and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme activities to be built in Stone will be named after murdered schoolgirl Claire Tiltman.
At a recent meeting, members of Stone Parish Council resolved to dedicate the centre after Claire, who lived in the parish, following recent consultation regarding street naming for the councilâ€™s scheme at Cotton Lane that will see erection of a dedicated activity centre alongside sixteen residential properties.
Claire was brutally murdered in an alleyway in Greenhithe in1993, just a few days after her 16th birthday. Colin Ash-Smith has recently been found guilty of her murder and sentenced to 21 years imprisonment, although Claireâ€™s parents never lived long enough to see this justice done.
At the time of her death Claire had been undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award and had also inspired other friends to take part in the scheme.
Council members, family, and friends of Claire agree the proposed activity centre provides a most fitting opportunity to commemorate Claire to ensure her memory lives on following her untimely death.
Council Chairman John Burrell said,
â€œClaire was murdered in the most tragic way in her teenage years, taking away her ability to have a life full of experiences and achievements.
The parish councilâ€™s proposed youth activity centre is specifically designed to provide local children and teenagers with valuable life skills to enable them to prosper in life in a way Claire was sadly unable to.â€
Construction of the activity centre is due to start in the spring.
Further details regarding the proposed centre can be found at http://www.stoneparishcouncil.com/cotton-lane-youth-activity-centre-proposals