Neighbourhood Warden service launched

Press Release: 22/02/2005

Winchester City Council is launching its new Neighbourhood Warden service in the Highcliffe area of the city.

The Neighbourhood Wardens, who will eventually cover both the Stanmore and Highcliffe areas, will work closely with the local community and other agencies, such as the Police, to address problems of anti-social behaviour and to encourage more positive behaviour within the community. The wardens, however, will have no powers of enforcement, such as on-the-spot fines.

They will also be working on environmental improvements such as removal of litter, fly tipping, graffiti, and abandoned vehicles, when the service becomes operational on 28 February.

The City Council's Portfolio holder for Healthy and Inclusive Communities, Cllr Brian Collin, says the Neighbourhood Wardens are a valuable extension to the services the Council already provides, working with community groups to improve the target areas of Highcliffe and Stanmore.

"The wardens will make sure abandoned vehicles are sorted out quickly, resolve problems about the way open spaces are used, and work with youth groups and local schools. They will also provide information on local events and activities and work with the police to tackle issues in the area.

"We are very excited about the future of the service and look forward to receiving feedback from local residents," he added.

Nigel Devlin, one of the two Neighbourhood Wardens, explained why they are looking forward to their role.

"We're eager to help local people make a positive difference to their community. It's a big challenge and we've got plenty of ideas about how we can support the residents," he said. Peter Stevens added that they would play their part in improving the local environment for the benefit of everyone in both the Highcliffe and Stanmore areas.

Winchester's Neighbourhood Wardens will be holding a local launch for residents in Highcliffe on Thursday 24 February at All Saints Community Church between 6.00 and 8.00pm

If you would like to find out more about this or the service itself, you can contact the Neighbourhood Wardens on their Freephone number 0800 389 6274 or email them on neighbourhoodwardens@winchester.gov.uk