New Neighbourhood Wardens for Ashington

Paul Sweeney (left) and Peter Newell, Neighbourhood Wardens for Ashington

Paul Sweeney (left) and Peter Newell, Neighbourhood Wardens for Ashington

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RESIDENTS in Ashington are to see two new Neighbourhood Wardens out on the streets.

Peter Newell started his role as Neighbourhood Warden in December and Paul Sweeney recently took up the post in Ashington, following his previous role as Neighbourhood Warden for Steyning, Bramber and Upper Beeding.

The Neighbourhood Warden scheme has been running in Ashington for almost ten years and the wardens are part of Horsham District Council’s Community Safety Unit.

The wardens aim to provide a highly visible reassuring presence, working with all sections of the community to promote social inclusion, tackle anti-social behaviour, improve access to local services and to be seen as a trusted friend within the community.

Greg Charman, Community Safety Manager for the Horsham District Community Safety Partnership, said: “We are really pleased to welcome the new team to Ashington.

“The wardens are an asset to the community and regularly check on the elderly and more vulnerable residents as well working with junior warden schemes and running various community events throughout the year.

“They are also accredited by Sussex Police to exercise certain power, such as confiscating alcohol from under 18s.”

The Neighbourhood Warden schemes in Ashington and Steyning, Bramber and Upper Beeding have both been awarded with The Warden Charter Award. The award lasts for twelve months and demonstrates that they meet a set standard for community wardens, which was independently assessed by the London Training and Resource Centre.

To contact the Neighbourhood Wardens in Ashington please email ashington.warden@horsham.gov.uk or call 01903 891593.