Night wardens set to stay in Royal Borough following successful pilot scheme

Night wardens set to stay in Royal Borough following successful pilot scheme

The continuation of the Royal Borough’s night-time economy (NTE) enforcement scheme will help give residents ‘the peace that they deserve’.

That is according to Cllr Carwyn Cox (Con, Hurley and Walthams) who praised the work that the borough-employed community wardens have been doing since the pilot scheme launched in July.

Cabinet agreed to turn the pilot into a permanent feature during a meeting at Windsor Guildhall on Thursday, February 25.

Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Cox said: “We know at times there may be some difficult situations that they encounter.

“But as ever, they perform their roles diligently and professionally and serve this borough incredibly well.”

The scheme has seen wardens patrolling the streets of Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead between 7pm and 3am on Friday and Saturday nights to help deal with anti-social behaviour.

During the first six months of the pilot, the borough reported 14 less noise and nuisance complaints compared to the same period in 2014. This amounted to a 26 per cent reduction.

Anti-social behaviour complaints fell by 38 per cent, with 89 less complaints received by the borough.

But taxi related complaints regarding the NTE only fell by three per cent, with 30 complaints received in 2015/16 compared to 31 the year before.

In its report on the continuation of the scheme, the borough said that it was aware that Thames Valley Police had been dealing with a ‘significant number of issues’ in the NTE between 3am and 4am.

Despite this, community wardens will not be forced to work later into the night.

Cllr Cox added that the borough wanted to work with ‘NTE stakeholders’ including security guards of late-night venues to tackle anti-social behaviour after 3am.

“We want to try give residents the peace that they deserve during the early hours of the morning while revellers go home,” Cllr Cox said.

He also added that the borough plans to honour its commitment to increase the number of wardens from 18 to 36.

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