Councillor calls for action to stop growing scourge of drug-taking on the streets of Pendle

A Liberal Democrat councillor is calling on Pendle Council to carry out a review of the growing problem of drug-taking on the streets of Pendle.

Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 4:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th March 2019, 4:13 pm
A Pendle councillor is calling for more to be done to stop drug-taking on the streets of the borough

Coun. Dorothy Lord is calling on councillors to set up a Scrutiny Working Group to "consider, take evidence and produce recommendations for dealing with this problem.”

She said: “We know that there are growing problems of often younger people taking drugs on street corners, on pieces of amenity land and in woodland areas, on play areas and round the backs of buildings, leaving behind syringes and other items. This is often where young children play and it is just not acceptable.

“We also know that there is growing use of cocaine in particular in and around public houses and other places where people go out in the evening. This again is not acceptable and is not a sensible way of spending an enjoyable evening for anyone.

“We are not saying there is any easy answer or that it is something that is only happening here in Colne or other Pendle towns – it’s a growing problem all over the country. But we live here in Colne and in Pendle and we have a duty to do what we can to tackle it.”

The councillor has tabled a motion for the next meeting of Pendle Council on Tuesday March 26th expressing concern over the public health aspect.

Coun. Lord said she accepted that the issue needed efforts from many other agencies working together with the borough council.

She added: "We think the council can do something to help and to get people working together which is why we are tabling this motion with the intention of it leading to action."