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Cleaner Weston Campaign

Stopping crime and drugs in Weston & the villages

Weston is steadily winning its fight against drugs and crime. The number of rehab beds for drug addicts in Weston has nearly halved in six years and, increasingly, the treatment centres that remain are high-quality places that do a great job in helping addicts to rebuild their lives and become normal members of society again.

Before John was first elected as Weston’s MP, our town was plagued by drug-related crime. There were too many addicts being sent here from other parts of the country for treatment and, while some of the treatment centres did a great job, too many were pretty dodgy places that didn’t give addicts a decent chance of beating their habit. The result was that too many addicts dropped out of treatment, slipping under everyone’s radar and often staying in Weston to commit crime to fund their habit.

So in 2004 John launched the Cleaner Weston campaign to give the town fewer, better rehabs. And now, after a lot of hard work by rehab owners, the Police and the Council’s Community Safety and Drug Action Team, things are genuinely getting better. A lot of the dodgier rehabs have closed, and the ones that remain are independently inspected and checked regularly. That means fewer addicts are being sent to Weston in the first place, and the ones that still come are more likely to recover and become normal members of society after their treatment.

Yet, despite these latest breakthroughs and the encouraging figures, there is no denying that there is still a lot of work to be done. We can’t be complacent. Weston needs a clean image to attract visitors, families and jobs, so we mustn’t let drugs and crime put it at risk. John isn’t letting up on the fight.


Breakthrough for MP's drug campaign

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose is celebrating today after government ministers indicated their support for the measures proposed by the Cleaner Weston Campaign to fight the town's drug problems.


MP welcomes new powers for drug inspection body

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose has welcomed the introduction of new powers for the Care Quality Commission, the recently created body responsible for inspecting and regulating drug rehabs, which he believes could provide "some of the major answers to Weston's drug problems"...


New child register could put local children at risk

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Weston-super-Mare John Penrose has expressed his concern today over the government's ContactPoint database, which is being rolled out across North Somerset this summer and which will contain personal details of every child living in Weston and the villages...


New regulator could be answer to Weston's drug problems, says town's MP

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose met the Chief Executive of the new body responsible for inspecting and regulating drugs rehabs to brief her on the recommendations of the Cleaner Weston Campaign last week...



Drug report doesn’t show the full picture, warns Weston MP

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose raised two cheers for the Healthcare Commission's national review of local drug treatment networks, released last week, which rated almost 90 per cent of networks as "good" or "excellent", but warned it doesn't show the full picture...


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