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Stranraer Set for Community Wardens by Spring
wardens could be patrolling the streets of Stranraer by April
if a council scheme gets the go-ahead.
Hill and Belmont areas are set to benefit from the plan,
which is being paid for by the
a meeting last week, community representatives heard how
similar schemes were already up and running in
of the UK.
their high-visibility uniforms, the wardens would take
an interest in issues like crime prevention," a
council spokesman told the Free Press.
have shown that crime has fallen by up to 50 per cent
in other areas where community wardens patrol.
role would be to - note and report - and they
would look at, for example, vandalism, graffiti,
abandoned cars or litter and dumped rubbish.
they are not replacement police officers and have no powers
wardens work with the relevant authorities, such as the
council and police, to help make communities
place to live in."
would work on three main subject areas: environmental
matters, such as litter and disposal
of harmful objects
like syringes; crime prevention and social
latter area has even seen them mediate between feuding
neighbours in other areas
of the country.
officials will make a final submission on the scheme to
the Scottish Executive
on 30th November.
funding of £150,000 spread over
two years will be granted.
is thought this would pay for a team of wardens
in Stranraer comprising one
section of north west Dumfries is also likely to get a
community warden scheme. Other
councils in Scotland who already operate wardens include
and South Lanarkshire.
Dumfries and Galloway council spokesman added:
final bid goes in at the end
of November and we could see wardens in Stranraer by
funding is in place, if all goes to plan, for a two-year
scheme. What would happen after the two
up has not yet been decided."
added that the public's opinions were still very
much sought after and final
details of how the scheme would operate were not yet decided.
wardens would know what to do about a particular problem
- or where to point people
if an issue is outwith their sphere of knowledge, they
could be a very beneficial project for
all goes to plan we would be looking to recruit fairly
soon and we will take a great deal of care
of candidates and
wishing to register their opinion on the scheme can call
the council's community planning officers on (01776)