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13 February 2017

Next steps to be taken in moves to tackle problems of drug litter

Moves to deal with issues of drug litter in areas across Wrexham will be examined by members as partners such as the Health Board, the Public Service Board and the Local Authority put their views forward.

The views of major partners contacted by Wrexham County Borough Council’s Safeguarding Communities & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee on issues around drug use, discarded needles and the associated community impact will be discussed at its next meeting on Wednesday February 15.

The meeting follows on from a meeting in October 2016 when the Scrutiny Committee discussed the findings of a Task and Finish Group set up to examine the issue of unsafely discarded needles in Wrexham and made recommendations to  key partners in order to facilitate actions to tackle and respond to drug litter in the future.

Recommendations included lobbying the Welsh Government on the need for strategies to address the adverse consequences of needle and syringe programmes and for partners to work together to identify hotspots and provide a single point of responsibility, co-ordination and accountability for dealing with drug litter.  Recommendations were sent to:

Responses have now been received from partners, and will be discussed by the committee on February 15.

The meeting will be webcast from the council website.

Cllr Rob Walsh, Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee, said: “The October meeting at which the findings of the Task and Finish Group were initially discussed proved very engaging and a lot was gained by getting all the relevant representatives together to discuss the issues.

“As with the October meeting, the meeting on Wednesday will be webcast live and I hope members of the public take the opportunity to follow the proceedings of the meeting online.

“This is an issue of great importance to the people of Wrexham, and I look forward to the debate.”