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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 Mercury: Drug addicts must make progress

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The Weston Mercury reports on the Government's plans, and MP John Penrose's backingt of these plans, which will see people being treated for drug addiction potentially lose their help if they fail to make progress getting rid of their habit. 


Government plans for drug treatment centres are a major step in the right direction, says Weston’s MP

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose has welcomed the coalition Government’s plan to introduce a new payment by results (PBR) model for treatment and rehabilitation centres...



Weston MP urges new Government to tackle town’s drug problems

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose has called on the new Government to “keep the momentum going” in the fight against drugs and crime in the sea-side town...


Weston Mercury: MP says drug system 'failing' Weston

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The Weston Mercury reports on Weston's MP who has found 'DISTURBING' new figures that show a third of drug addicts who are sent to Weston from London for treatment are being failed by the system.


Government still not getting to grips with Weston’s drug problem, new figures reveal

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Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose has called on the Government to “get it’s act together” as new data shows that the system is still failing over a third of addicts referred to the sea-side town...


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