The Snodland Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) was outside the Co-operative Food Store in Snodland High Street on Thursday 31 May to raise awareness of their work to reduce drinking among under 18s in the area.
At this event organised by Tonbridge and Malling’s Community Safety Partnership (CSP) and the Snodland CAP passers-by were able to pick up free gifts and get advice from representatives there on the day. Members of the public/residents were asked to complete a survey about underage drinking and how safe they feel, amongst other questions. One of the key issues highlighted is proxy purchasing of alcohol for young people who are under 18 and the team stencilled an anti-proxy purchasing sign onto the pavement outside the Co-op, to remind passers-by of the risks.
Cllr Maria Heslop, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, says: “Those buying alcohol for under 18s could be issued with an unlimited fine if caught and, more importantly, they are putting the health and safety of young people at risk. With the support of local licensed premises and parents, we hope to change attitudes to drinking and help young people to avoid drinking too much or too soon. By completing our survey residents and visitors will be able to influence the work being done in the community and raise any concerns they may have.”
The Snodland CAP aims to reduce incidents of alcohol sales to young people, reduce anti-social behaviour associated with alcohol consumption and improve the public’s general understanding of different alcohol strengths and the number units in different drinks.
The Community Safety Unit is based at the Borough Council offices in Kings Hill and is a multi-agency team of people who are working together to help make Tonbridge and Malling a safer place.
If you see a child at risk of being bought alcohol, or have another related issue you would like to discuss, contact the Community Safety Partnership by email [email protected] or by calling 01732 844522.
For more information, please contact: Debi Rice, Media and Communications Officer
Tel: 01732 876008 or email: [email protected]