Merton Council and partners back teenage kicks

Pimp My Ride restyled cars could soon be spotted in Merton if a visionary mechanic can find a place to call home.

Teenager Laura Sands has called in the help of the Linking Communities Project at Volunteer Centre Merton as well as Safer Merton – a team of Merton Council staff, police and other agencies – to support her programme of spray painting and revamping old cars. She then plans to take these souped-up vehicles to carnivals and fairs across Merton and is even looking to have a plot at the Mitcham Carnival.

Laura, who lives in Mitcham, wanted to do something creative with her spare time and she is convinced other young people in the borough will join her if she can get the scheme up and running.

Laura, 17, said: “I was bored with just hanging around and I am sure other young people are too. I am positive this is something many young people would want to be involved in and will want to help with.

“Young people are getting a bad reputation but I want the community to know that young people have something to offer.”

Merton Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement Tariq Ahmad said: “Laura is demonstrating innovation and creativity through this project. This is an example of young people who want to do something worthwhile and give something back to their community.

“We want to give these teenagers all the support and help we can to make sure their project is a success.”

Anyone who can help Laura with finding somewhere to work on her cars as well as old cars to paint and revamp should contact Ife Piankhi on 020 86488362