A new face will be patrolling the streets of South Holland from this week, as a new community warden joins the community safety and enforcement team at the Council.
Jason Farmer will be working alongside existing warden Rob Duckett, taking the place of David Rodwell who retired earlier in the year.
The wardens aim to address concerns around anti-social behaviour and community safety in the district, through enforcement, education and greater awareness, along with the signposting of vulnerable members of the community to targeted support.
The wardens also carry out patrols across South Holland where they issue Fixed Penalty Notices and take enforcement action against those committing public space offences like littering, spitting and drinking alcohol, and will feedback to the other members of the team with any concerns that are raised.
Jason joins the Council having spent two years with Peterborough Council working as an enforcement officer. He and Rob already have a strong relationship and understanding having worked together previously, and they are looking forward to building this rapport with the South Holland community whilst out on patrol.
Cllr Gary Taylor, South Holland District Council portfolio holder for communities and facilities, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jason to the team and are confident that he can continue the vital work the wardens are doing, having engaged with 5,258 residents, given 538 verbal warnings and issued 163 fixed penalty notices to date.
I know that Jason is particularly interested in the educational aspect of the role, and I am looking forward to seeing their relationship with residents, community groups and partner organisations continue to grow.
It has been great to see the positive impact the community wardens have already made in South Holland. We want to create a safe and strong district where all our residents feel they have a voice and are listened to, and their work is an important part of this ambition.”
Reports from residents are vital for deciding the location and focus of patrols for the community warden, and helping them specifically tackle any anti-social behaviour or community safety concerns. To make a report, please visit www.sholland.gov.uk/reportit or call 01775 761161.