In the news: Councillors to seek extension of Community Safety Warden scheme
Councillors will discuss proposals to extend a service providing Community Safety Wardens across the borough, at a meeting of Basildon Council's Cabinet on Thursday 16 March 2023.
The current Community Safety Warden contract with South Essex Property Services (SEPS) could be extended by one year to 31 March 2024, if the proposals are agreed.
Community Safety Wardens were introduced to tackle anti-social behaviour across the borough's estates, town centres and parks. Approval was given at the Enforcement and Public Order Committee on 24 March 2022 to award South Essex Property Services (SEPS) a 12-month contract.
Since then, wardens have carried out any necessary actions in relation to ASB, including undertaking high visibility patrols in identified locations, as well as carrying out general high visibility patrols across target areas. They have proactively identified community issues in the local area and shared information with relevant partners to promote a multi-agency problem-solving response.
The teams of wardens have also been tackling the behaviour covered by the Public Spaces Protection Order - implemented in April 2022 - a legal order to tackle anti-social behaviour that covers specific restricted areas of the borough.
Cllr Andrew Baggott, Leader of Basildon Council and Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Public Order said: "Community safety is a top priority for me. I know it's something that residents feel strongly about and it's something we are tackling as we look to extend the Community Safety Wardens scheme.
"We want our residents to feel as safe as possible wherever they are in our borough, and that's why our wardens work within our estates as well as our more public town centre and park areas.
"They aren't just there to tackle crime and ASB directly, their remit includes the presence and the positive relationships they have built, and will continue to build, by engaging with the community, acting as a deterrent to crime and improving community cohesion.
"The wardens will continue to work closely with Safer Basildon and our partners within it, attending daily briefings as well as weekly meetings with council officers, to determine prioritisation as well as reflect and learn to make sure the service is the best it can be for the benefit of our borough"
Published Thursday 9 March 2023