Two new Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAPs) have been launched in Broadstairs and Ramsgate to tackle underage drinking and anti-social behaviour.
CAPs are made up of partnerships between local authorities, police, schools, retailers, neighbourhood groups and health providers. They aim to reduce the sale of alcohol to young people, advise them on the dangers of drinking and provide alcohol-free activities through youth services and local charities.
The Broadstairs and Ramsgate CAPs have brought together a wide range of stakeholders, including Kent County Council, Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Services, Thanet District Council, schools, retailers and the community.
In the run-up to the launch of the CAP in March 2017, 30 licensed premises have been visited by Trading Standards and the local Police Licensing Enforcement Officer to give advice on how to refuse suspected underage sales and over 400 pupils aged 14-17 have been surveyed in secondary schools regarding their drinking habits.
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CAP national chairman Derek Lewis said: “A significant proportion of children have not only drunk alcohol before the age of 18 but are likely to have been drunk at least once in the last four weeks. This can be seriously damaging to their health and development and impact negatively on the wider community. CAPs offer a great opportunity to make a real and lasting difference to our nation’s relationship with alcohol, starting with the current generation of young people.”
Cllr Lin Fairbrass, Thanet District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services said: “Community Alcohol Partnerships have an enviable track record of reducing underage drinking and we’re delighted that two new schemes are being launched in Broadstairs and Ramsgate.
“We’re committed to creating a clean and welcoming environment in Thanet and these initiatives will have a positive impact on crime, anti-social behaviour and litter.”