New pilot scheme proposed for late-night community wardens on Friday and Saturday nights

New pilot scheme proposed for late-night community wardens on Friday and Saturday nights

David Lee

A new pilot scheme tackling the problems arising from the night-time economy could be launched.

The Royal Borough’s community protection and enforcement service is proposing the introduction of two community wardens on Friday and Saturday nights to help address residents’ concerns over late night noise and anti-social behaviour.

If plans are approved, two community wardens will help patrol the streets between 7pm and 3am on both nights in Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead over a six-month period.

Craig Miller, community protection and enforcement services lead, proposed the new scheme to councillors at the borough’s crime and disorder scrutiny panel yesterday (Wednesday).

The enforcement pilot scheme would require the council to approve a new revenue budget of £2,500 for 2015/16. A new capital budget of £4,000 would also be needed to fund the cost of the wardens' personal protective equipment such as stab vests.

Cllr Simon Werner (Lib Dem, Pinkneys Green) said: “This is a really good scheme and I’m really pleased to see it.

But he added: “My worry is that you’re going to be changing the nature of the people that become community wardens.”

If the scheme goes ahead, the Royal Borough will need its community warden staff to volunteer to work eight-hour shifts on Friday and Saturday nights.

Cllr Malcolm Beer (Ind, Old Windsor) told the panel he was concerned this would compromise their terms of employment and could leave them in a ‘jetlag’ state. He added while he supported the pilot, he did not agree with the details and advocated an outside service running the scheme.

But Cllr David Hilton (Con, Ascot and Cheapside) said: “It’s not for us to work out what the conditions of employment should be.”

The proposals will be discussed at the Royal Borough's cabinet tonight (Thursday).

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