Town Council To Introduce A Community Warden – With The Power To Arrest

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A Community Warden could soon be whizzing around the streets of Haywards Heath Town Centre on a Segway, this through a partnership between the Town Council, Sussex Police, and the Southern Co-Operative.

The possible introduction of a Community Warden comes off the back of changes to the way that Sussex Police operate in the county. The number of PCSOs have been cut and they are no longer designated to set towns.

What The Warden Can Do:
The Warden will have policing powers, including the arrest of suspected criminals and the ability to report incidents quickly into the Police crimes database – helping local business and residents to log their issues and incidents.

The Community Warden will be fully accountable to Haywards Heath Town Council. It is they who will set the areas of work for the Warden. Early proposals include:

  • Monitor local open spaces for signs of anti-social behaviour – Victoria Park, Victoria Skate Park, Clair Park, Beech Hurst Gardens
  • Monitor and assist with reporting business-related crime in South Road, Sussex Road, The Broadway and Commercial Square.
  • Work with Sussex Police to address issues that are identified through crime reporting and statistics.
  • To undertake work on identified  projects in all of the town’s wards as directed by the town council.

The Cost:
In the year one pilot, the Warden would cost £36k (without a vehicle) The fee would be met through funding from the following organisations:
£16,500 from Sussex PCC
£10,000 from HHTC
£10,000 from the Southern Co-Operative.

In year two, the contribution from Sussex Police would be halved, meaning that council tax  for Haywards Heath residents would need to rise by 6% to enable to Warden to remain.

In year three, Sussex Police do not make any financial contribution at all, meaning that council tax would need to increase by a further 3%,  a total rise of 9% over two years.

The Warden will be fully trained and equipped by ‘SWL Security’, a company used by the Southern Co-Operative.

What’s Happening Now?
At the meeting of the full town council on July 18th, members agreed unanimously to the following:

  1. The scope of duties, personal specification and monitoring arrangements for a Community Warden and gave the Clerk delegated authority to amend the documents when necessary.
  2. Ratify the Policy and Finance Committee’s recommendation to introduce a Community Warden for Haywards and allocated £10,000 of unrestricted funds towards the Pilot project.
  3. Delegate authority to the Clerk to enter into legal agreements and funding arrangements with the Co-operative, Sussex Police and SWL security, if and when appropriate, on behalf of the Town Council.
  4. To delegate the ability to amend the scope of work of the Warden to the Town Clerk.

Download The Report
The full details around the proposed introduction of a Community Warden in Haywards Heath are available in a report on the HHTC website which can be downloaded here:

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