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Wardens do a wonderful job

Community wardens have been in the news as Kent County Council, following strong protests, has significantly scaled back proposed cuts in numbers. Community wardens offer a very important community service including:
• Prevention of low level crime by liaising with police to steer young people away from crime
• Helping trading standards by being the human face for residents suffering from rogue traders
• Helping social services by working with agencies like Age UK dealing with dementia sufferers
• Acting as fully-trained as Incident liaison officers they were the load agency during last year’s Christmas and New Year floods

The cuts in numbers would have seen a massive increase in the size of areas covered, most likely becoming a reactive emergency only, response team, a mere shadow of current service. Our investigations, submitted in our response to the consultation, appeared to show KCC has already made savings by seconding back office staff to other jobs indicating the current budget wasn’t being used up. We want to ensure the two excellent wardens covering Hernee Bay and Herne and Bromfield, Michelle Weston and Dave Neame, remain in post. Out of approximately 1,200 responses received, we would particularly like to thank Herne and Broomfield Parish Council who made an forceful and impressive response to the consultation. They have seen the benefits a warden service brings: their response is much appreciated.

County councillors Cllr Brian Macdowall (Ukip) and Cllr Nick Bond (Ukip)
Greenhill Gardens, Herne Bay

Herne Bay Gazette, December 18th 2014

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