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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.


Company to be investigated over Bail Hostels in Weston-super-Mare

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose has learnt that the Ministry of Justice will be investigating ClearSprings, the private company appointed by the Government to implement their Bail Hostels programme, to see whether they have failed to consult with local people in Weston about setting up a Hostel in the town...


Bail Hostels mystery deepens

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Local MP John Penrose accused Government Ministers of failing to keep local residents and North Somerset Council informed as the mystery over new Bail Hostels in Weston-super-Mare deepened...


Bail Hostels update: None in North Somerset – Yet

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose received confirmation from North Somerset Council yesterday that no Bail Hostels have been opened in the area yet, contrary to earlier fears that one or more were already operating in Weston-super-Mare, but warned this will change if the Government gets its way...


‘Drug report has it wrong’ says Weston-super-Mare MP

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose warned that the Healthcare Commission and National Treatment Agency’s drug report released today which ranked North Somerset as 132nd out of 149 ‘local drug partnerships’ should not be taken at face value...


‘Weston needs new Hostels like a hole in the head’ says Town’s MP

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Government plans for 150 new bail hostels were leaked last night on Channel 4 news, following a letter to Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose saying that the town is to be one of the locations where they will be housed. At least 50% of people housed in the hostels will be offenders on the Government's new early release scheme from prison. The remainder will be on bail while they wait for their trials...


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