East Edinburgh CAP – Retailers Get Involved.
The East Edinburgh Community Alcohol Partnership was launched in June 2013 by Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice. Since then the CAP has begun to raise its profile in the Portobello and Piershill areas of the City. There are other initiatives in Scotland that have similar aims, but a CAP is unique in that it sees retailers as being key partners and vital to the overall success of the project.
In February the CAP held its second retailers awareness session. With input from Scotmid, Police Scotland and SGF the session gave retailers a forum for discussing the main issues relating to the sale of alcohol in the local community and gave them an update on how the CAP was progressing. Scotmid Head of Licensing Ian Lovie and his colleagues also provided guidance on the requirements for Personal Licence Holder refresher training – something which is now looming large for thousands of licence holders in Scotland.
SGF Public Affairs Manager John Lee said, “the CAP is now beginning to make small but very significant steps forward: retailers are now kept informed about key dates in the school calendar, which gives them a heads up on any potential high risk situations; for the first time there is a ‘ring-round list’ that lets retailers alert each other about attempts at under age or proxy purchases and the joint patrols of the area, involving the key stakeholders in the CAP, are now happening on a regular basis.”
During the open forum at the session, local retailer Mr Mohammed Javid of Kost Konscious store in Portobello said, “Retailers have to help themselves by starting to talk to each other more effectively and by making sure they are involved in the CAP.”