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Wardens will ease policing fears , says chairman

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New wardens will ease concerns about lack of local policing in a village, says a parish council chairman.

Storrington now has two new neighbourhood wardens, Vanessa Green and Carol Boniface, paid by Horsham District and Pulborough Parish councils.

Chairman of the parish council Ray Quested said: “The lack of uniformed presence which has been brought about by cutbacks in policing has not been well received. The introduction of neighbourhood wardens to our village will go a long way to ease our residents’ concerns in the community.”

Residents will be able to contact the wardens from August 4, when they will have completed their training. The numbers are 07584 337475/07584 337476 or at pulborough.wardens@horsham.gov.uk. on e mail.

This is the first expansion of the district council’s Neighbourhood Warden Scheme in over a decade and will see the two wardens working alongside the parish council, emergency services and community groups for the benefit of the people of Pulborough.

Organisers say that Neighbourhood Wardens provide a highly visible and reassuring patrolling presence that aims to help people feel safe. Based at Pulborough Police Station they have a broad remit that includes tackling environmental issues such as littering and dog fouling, through to working with young people and the elderly.

As an integral part of the Community Safety Unit, the Neighbourhood Wardens work with all sections of the community from elderly and/or vulnerable people through to young people and businesses to find solutions to problems whilst promoting community cohesion and resilience.

Although dealing with low-level anti-social behaviour is part of their role, they are not a replacement for police officers or Police CommunitySupport Officers, but offer a complimentary service to address those issues of greatest concern to the local community.

Cllr Kate Rowbottom, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Community and Wellbeing said: “I am delighted that, together with Pulborough Parish Council, we are able to employ two new Neighbourhood Wardens for Pulborough. The warden scheme already works well in Ashington, Steyning, Bramber and Upper Beeding and I am sure this service will benefit Pulborough’s residents over the coming years.”

The wardens will work a shift pattern covering 30 hours a week.

Further information on the Neighbourhood Wardens can be found at:  www.horsham.gov.uk/communitysafety/community-safety/neighbourhood-watch

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