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Students from East Kent College hit the streets of Broadstairs today (Thursday March 4) with bags and litter-pickers as part of The Great British Spring Clean.

The event was organised by Broadstairs Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) – made up of partners including Kent County Council, Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Services, Thanet District Council and local retailers.  

Volunteers wore distinctive CAP hi-vis vests and the Co-op, Waitrose and Asda have donated litter pickers, bags and water for the volunteers. Their staff were also out in force, along with other CAP partners.

Volunteers aimed to clean up Victoria Gardens, West Cliff Promenade and Pierremont Park focusing on known alcohol litter spots.

CAPs are made up of partnerships between retailers, local authorities, police, schools, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to empower communities to tackle alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents.

The Broadstairs CAP was set up in 2017 and has already made an impact in the town, building strong relationships with local schools and businesses.

Neil Butcher, from KCC Trading Standards, co-ordinator of the CAP, said: “CAP is all about bringing the community together to tackle local problems, and The Great British Spring Clean is a wonderful way for us to work together to improve our local environment.”

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For further information contact Murray Evans at Kent County Council Press Office on 03000 416071 or email [email protected]

 

A vital part of the CAP’s work has been engaging with young people, getting them involved in the campaign and building their trust. The CAP held engagement nights with local young people to discuss the issue of underage drinking and anti-social behaviour. They told us there was nothing for them to do – the community centre had no funding, access to the sports field had been cut off and there were very few facilities for young people. So far CAP has held community events, reopened access to the sports field, cleared the discussed BMX track and held street art sessions. Working hard to engage with this traditionally difficult-to-reach group has been key to our success.

Scott Adams
Cumbria Constabulary

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