Reg Corns believes the time for talk is over when it comes to sorting out problems with the young in Birmingham.
He is tired of reading report after report full of wellmeaning intentions that fail to deliver.
"I have got many of them here," said the Tory councillor for Northfield.
"I have sat on committees with these reports. They are all fine words. But nine times out of ten if you look at any of the scrutinising done by the council you don't see anything about costings.
"It's all very nice to talk about things but unless you have the financial clout to do anything it is very frustrating."
He believes the lack of provision for young people in his ward is a "microcosm" of the problems faced across the city.
"In Northfield, children started leaving the maisonettes they live in and started following the gangs around.
"There are no multi-purpose play areas for young people in Northfield. In Turves Green there are four schools where just over 2,000 children go every day.
"Yet there is not one play facility within three-quarters of a mile of these children.
"Then you come on to youth activities. Apart from one small place in Turves Green there is nothing to accommodate them.
"There is nowhere for rowing, tennis, fencing, or football. When you have gangs of 100 children wandering around you ask what alternative is there for them? The answer is nothing."
Coun Corns does not believe his startling figure of £500 million needing to be invested in youth provision in the city over the next ten years is over-the-top.
"It is a lot of money but unless that financial commitment is, there in my view nothing will happen.
"There is £50 million being pumped into Handsworth SRB6 and £50 million in Aston Pride.
"If you took one third of that and multiplied it across the 40 wards in Birmingham I don't think I am that far off. If I have critics I would say 'well you tell me how much then'."
For Coun Corns the price of not investing is even greater, breeding yet more lost generations of youngsters susceptible to negative influences.
"Without any other options they take the easy options of drink, drugs and crime," he said.
"We are encouraging them to be experts in those fields when they are 18 and they are good at it.
"We spend more money on post-offending than we would on pre-offending. For every pound spend on a child you could multiply that many times for the children that finish up as juvenile delinquents and eventually in prison."
Coun Corns accepts parents have a role to play in keeping their children on the straight and narrow, but believes they also need help from local and central government.
"Some of the parents of today are the lost causes of yesterday," he said.
He believes organisations like the Scout Association, which have devoted themselves to helping young people, should be consulted for guidance on the way forward.
The Government's Every Child Matters Green Paper, which is due to be published very soon, aims to set out a blueprint for ensuring every young person gets the support they need.
Many authorities have already begun moving towards setting up the more integrated infrastructure it demands.
Birmingham City Council has increased the amount it spends per 13 to 19-year-old on youth services under Yousiff Meah, head of the department for the last two years.
But the service still falls short. Three years ago it was ranked 126 out of 150 LEAs in the country for the amount it spends per youngster.
Inspectors criticised a 13 per cent participation rate of youngsters in council schemes. That has now been raised equal to a national target of 25 per cent.
"Clearly there are issues around long-term investment," said Mr Meah.
"It would be wonderful if we could get to a point of saying now every child born in Birmingham will be successful instead of looking at figures saying so many young people haven't achieved and are entering into negative destinations. But we need to align the resources to enable that to be achieved."