Update 16 February 2015: On the 28th January 2015, following the public consultation, Cabinet agreed with the Recommendation to go with the preferred option as set out in KCC's Community Warden Service - Public Consultation Report (the report is available to download in the Summary of Results section below). The webcast of Cabinet is available to view here.

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Update 9 December 2014: In response to the consultation KCC published a press release. To view the press release please follow this link

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Update 10 November 2014: Thank you to everyone who took part in this consultation.  Your responses are currently being analysed by an independent organisation.  Once completed we will produce a Consultation report, which will be published on this webpage.

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Original Consultation Text:

Kent County Council's Community Warden Service was established in 2002 to help make Kent’s communities safer places in which to live, work and play.  Community Wardens are aA photo of Community Warden showing a member of the public a scam awareness publicationccredited by Kent Police under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS).  They:

  • tackle low-level crime and antisocial behaviour
  • can control traffic
  • are a reassuring uniformed presence
  • promote community solidarity and encourage communities and neighbourhoods to work together to identify and solve problems
  • work closely with Kent Police, local authorities and other professional agencies
  • talk with local residents, offering information and advice
  • take part in local community activities.
 

In the past three years we have adapted the service, to make it more flexible. We have the freedom to better deploy Wardens where they are needed most. This approach has increased the overall coverage of the Community Warden Service across Kent. 

 

Despite the improvements we have made since 2011, there are still communities in Kent that do not benefit from our Community Warden service.  We also need to make considerable savings.   Every council in England is responding to reduced funding from central government and in the case of the Community Warden Service, we must save £1.28m from April 2015. 

 

The Consultation Document sets out how we propose to both save money and address the geographic reach of the service.  In short,  we propose changing the way the service is delivered, so that less staff can better meet the needs of more of Kent’s communities:

  • less focus on geographic boundaries, so that wardens can be quickly and easily deployed to where they’re needed most
  • less processes and admin, so that team leaders and area managers can get more hands on, working closely with districts and professional agencies to better understand and respond to the community safety needs of specific communities.

The Consultation Document and Equality Impact Assessment can be downloaded below.  

 

How to get involved and have your say

We want to hear what you think of this proposal. Please let us know by completing the online questionnaire. The consultation will run from the 29th September to 9th November 2014.  Your responses, along with an Equality Impact Assessment, will be presented to the Transport and Environment Cabinet Committee on the 5th December 2014.  Alternative formats of any of the consultation material can be requested via alternativeformats@kent.gov.uk.   

 

This consultation has now closed.

Timeline

  • Opened
    29 Sep 2014 at 09:00
  • Closed
    9 Nov 2014 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    16 Feb 2015

Details

Consulting Organisation Type Kent County Council
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells
Consultation Topic General interest, Community safety, crime and anti-social behaviour
Consultation Methods Online survey / questionnaire / forms, Other survey / questionnaire / forms
Contact Details

For any queries regarding this consultation please e-mail: CommunityWardens-CCCS@kent.gov.uk