All your comments, if you have any views, would be of interest.
Just over a year ago I was approached by Brighton MP Caroline Lucas and Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett, Commander of Brighton and Hove Police to see if I would be willing to chair a new Commission, set up by the Safe in the City Partnership, to examine the drugs problem which as for so long blighted Brighton, just as it does every city in the western world and beyond. Brighton, in particular, has for many years been tagged with the unwelcome, and tragic soubriquet of "Injecting Drug Death Capital of the UK" My deputy chair is the very impressive Mike Trace, who was Tony Blair's "drugs czar".
Our brief was to see if we could identify the key issues, and perhaps find new solutions or at least improvements.
The Commission has now published draft recommendations and is inviting local residents to comment.
MP Caroline Lucas has invited speakers from the Commission to a public meeting (details below) as an opportunity for local residents to hear more and have their say.
Independent Drugs Commission for Brighton & Hove: Public Meeting
City College Main Hall, Pelham Street
6 – 7.30pm
Wednesday 27 February
For the draft report and recommendations see http://bit.ly/XskKNB
Feedback is requested by 1 March and can be submitted at http://bit.ly/XiMtin