A new project has been launched to crack down on underage drinking and irresponsible boozing in Castleford.
The new Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) will target alcohol-related problems in parts of Airedale, Ferry Fryston and Townville.
It will involve working with shops, pubs, enforcement agencies, schools and parents to reduce the access young people have to alcohol and to inform them about sensible drinking limits.
The CAP will build on existing work by the council’s trading standards service and local police teams and will follow recommendations set out in the government’s alcohol strategy.
The project has been set up by Airedale and Ferry Fryston Neighbourhood Management team in partnership with Wakefield Council, Wakefield and District Housing (WDH), police, local retailers and the Community Alcohol Partnerships Community Interest Company.
Derek Lewis, chairman of the Community Alcohol Partnerships, and Dr Andrew Furber, director of public health, spoke at the launch event at The Hut in Airedale last Friday.
Miles Beale, chief executive of CAP, said: “I am delighted at the launch of a CAP in Castleford.
“CAPs are a tried and tested way of driving down underage drinking and creating better, safer and friendlier neighbourhoods.”
Mike Dixon, chairman of the neighbourhood management team, said: “I am pleased to announce this new initiative by neighbourhood management, supported by Wakefield Council and its partners.
“The CAP will build on our successful programme of Positive Choices, using education for schools, parents and also business training given to independent retailers and partner organisations.