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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.


Weston MP demands official investigation into Government appointed company that broke legal requirement on town's Bail Hostel

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose has today demanded that the Government investigates the company it appointed to open a bail hostel in Weston-super-Mare as there is no evidence that 'consultation' ever took place with North Somerset Council...


Weston MP urges Government to introduce tougher inspection regime for drug rehabs

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose has written to the newly appointed health chief responsible for inspecting the country’s drug rehab centres urging her to introduce a national framework based on the principles in North Somerset’s existing accreditation scheme...


Two cheers for new drug care guidance, says Weston-super-Mare MP

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose has given a cautious welcome to newly-published NHS guidance on treating drug addicts after the Government’s original draft was amended to include some of his proposals...


Healthcare Commission admits Weston-super-Mare MP was right on Drug Report

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The Chief Executive of the Healthcare Commission has written to Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose accepting that agencies sending addicts for treatment in towns like Weston need to raise their game to stop addicts from being dumped in the seaside town...


Bail Hostel figures revealed for Weston-super-Mare

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose has established how many people have used Weston's controversial new bail hostel so far...


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