Suggestions that Uckfield Town Council could pay for a PCSO to patrol the town have been dropped.
The idea was explored as part of the budget-setting process for the next financial year (2016/17).
A report to members of the council’s environment and leisure committee said it was unlikely the Police would continue with the scheme where PCSO services could be purchased by town or parish councils.
It was pointed out the Police would not give a guarantee a paid-for PCSO would not be deployed outside the town.
Members were told the appointment of community wardens was being promoted, although they had fewer powers and could not, for example, give out parking tickets.
Notes provided to councillors gave examples of tasks a community warden could undertake:
- Tackling low-level anti-social behaviour
- Engaging with schools and youth clubs
- Liaising with Police
- Co-ordinating emergency/resilience plans
- Monitoring sites at risk of fly tipping
- Monitoring conditions of roads/footpaths and reporting defects
- Checking playground equipment and street lighting for problems.
- Other duties might be accredited by the Chief Constable
The town council is also continuing to explore the idea of an environment warden who will carry out litter clearance and safety inspections around the town.
Money is being put in the draft budget to progress these ideas, perhaps in partnership with nearby villages.
Final decisions are due to be made in December on the budget for 2016/17.