An UckfieldNews.com photograph of the High Street – an area that would be on any community warden's 'beat'.

Community warden: back on Uckfield’s radar

Uckfield could know next month if it is to have a community warden.

Similar schemes are under way in both Crowborough and Forest Row and the town council is considering whether it could initiate something similar.

There have been discussions at Uckfield Town Council meetings about the role and powers such a warden would have.

On the agenda

In 2016, the council rejected the idea of a community warden but it returned to agenda last January.

At the time, councillors were told a warden could also be involved in ‘behaviour change’ campaigns to reduce littering and dog fouling and possibly in on-street parking enforcement.

Sharing

Crowborough and Forest Row share a community warden, Chris Harrison.

At Crowborough, his duties are described (on the council’s website) as:

  • Patrols the town to provide visible and reassuring presence to deter crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Engages with the community and local groups to promote social inclusion and reduce the fear of crime
  • Works in partnership with Sussex Police where appropriate or when required.

Forest Row Parish Council’s website outlines his work as follows:

“Chris is not a police employee but works for the parish council.

Community safety

“His job is to patrol the village giving advice, and if necessary, warnings about community safety and village condition issues of all kinds.

“He can contact the police on your behalf if problems of criminal activity arise.

“He works a shift pattern of early and late hours spread over all seven days of the week, to maintain maximum availability to the community.

“Since being in post, Chris has been heavily involved with networking with local agencies including ESCC Highways, Wealden District Council, Operation Crackdown, water/gas companies, local shops and businesses.

Interventions

“His intervention has lead to getting potholes fixed, broken and blocked drains repaired and gas leaks dealt with more quickly.

“He has been able to effectively deal with fly tipping issues and abandoned vehicles which cause issues within the village and will regularly report vehicles to Operation Crackdown that are causing unnecessary obstructions of the highways and pavements.”

Uckfield Town Council is due to discuss the matter at its full council meeting towards the end of next month.

From our files

Council mulls community warden idea (2018)

Town council rejects community warden idea (2016)

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