New community partnership to tackle alcohol issues in Boston

Community Alcohol Partnership launch at Boston Stump.
Community Alcohol Partnership launch at Boston Stump.

A new Community Alcohol Partnership will see retailers, the police, councils, the NHS and a host of other parties work together to tackle problem drinking in Boston.

The launch of the partnership, instigated by Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman, took place on Tuesday at Boston Stump, continuing St Botolph’s history of working with all those in the community for whom alcohol has had a negative influence.

Alcohol is very often a factor in crime, in NHS admissions and in anti-social behaviour.

MP Matt Warman

Alan Simpson, CAP’s regional Community Alcohol Partnerships Officer, praised the local response from those involved.

Lincolnshire Police, national and independent retailers, Boston Borough Council and other partners including the Parish of Boston, Public Health, schools, Mayflower Housing, Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Community Volunteer Service, the NHS, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, Retail of Alcohol Standards Group members, Positive futures and Addaction, will be supporting the Boston Action Plan which will be presented at the group’s first operational meeting on November 8.

Community Police Inspector Andy Morrice, who has led the working group to set up the CAP, said: “Lincolnshire Police recognise that in addition to our activities around enforcement on underage and street drinking, we want where possible to engage with educational activities to prevent these problems occurring in the first place. CAPs across the country have delivered real, measurable results and I look forward to implementing our action plan in Boston.”

Phil Drury, chief executive of Boston Borough Council, spoke at the launch of how Boston had led the way with its adoption of a Public Space Protection Order to tackle street drinking, but recognised that there was more to do and welcomed the CAP’s involvement in continuing improvements in the town.

Mr Warman said: “Alcohol is very often a factor in crime, in NHS admissions and in anti-social behaviour. Boston needs a multi-faceted response to a complex problem that I know often troubles constituents and puts problem drinkers themselves in harm’s way. That means tackling rogue landlords, liaising with the police and also working with local retailers and licensees, Trading Standards and a host of other interested parties.

“The Community Alcohol Partnership that I kicked off with the Portman Group and is officially launched will play a key, practical part in tackling anti-social behaviour and underage drinking. I’m delighted that what started as an idea has come to fruition and I look forward to continuing to work together with the agencies involved to deliver real results.”