New alcohol policy is set to be given approval

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COUNCILLORS in Scarborough are today set to approve a new alcohol harm reduction strategy at this afternoon’s meeting of the full council at the Town Hall.

The new policy has been developed by the North Yorkshire Coast Community Partnership with input from a number of organisations – including Scarborough’s Safer Communities Partnership.

According to minutes from last month’s Cabinet meeting it will be the second such strategy for the Scarborough area.

The report read: “In relation to the first strategy good progress has been made in some areas, in particular the development of services for young people such as Street Safe and Aftermath.

“The employment of an alcohol A&E worker had been identified as a key priority in the first strategy and the employment recently of this worker had been a significant development.

“Partnership arrangements were stronger and more effective and there was commitment from a range of partners to work together to address the issue.”

The report added that alcohol harm remained a significant issue for the borough and there was still much work to do.

Members of the Cabinet have recommended that the revised strategy is adopted between 2012 and 2015 as part of the council’s Policy Framework and supports delivery of the strategy and action plan.

Today’s meeting is due to begin at 2pm and is open to the public.