New community warden for South Holland starts his patrol with an emphasis on education and good working relationships
A new face will be patrolling the streets of South Holland from this week to improve community safety and security.
Jason Farmer is South Holland's new community warden, replacing David Rodwell who retired earlier in the year.
Working alongside existing warden Rob Duckett, Jason will help to address concerns around anti-social behaviour and community safety in South Holland through enforcement, education and raising awareness of the needs of vulnerable members of the community.
In addition, both wardens are able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (instant fines) and take enforcement action against those committing acts, such as littering, spitting and drinking alcohol.
Coun Gary Taylor, the district council's 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.
"So far, our wardens have engaged with more than 5,200 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 his and Rob's relationships with residents, community groups and partner organisations continue to grow."
Jason joins South Holland District Council having spent two years with Peterborough City Council where he worked an enforcement officer.
The two wardens 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.
Coun Taylor said: "It has been great to see the positive impact of the community wardens in South Holland where we want to create a safe and strong district in which all our residents feel they have a voice and are listened to.
"The work of our community wardens is an important part of achieving this ambition."
To help Jason and Rob in their work, reports from residents are vital for deciding where and how the community wardens patrol the district.
It also helps them in specifically tackling any anti-social behaviour or community safety concerns.
To make a report, please visit www.sholland.gov.uk/reportit or call 01775 761161.