STREET wardens in East Durham look set to be given extra powers to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Durham County Council’s cabinet members will meet next week to consider a report on the work of the county’s 51 neighbourhood wardens.
The report looks at the role of the wardens, who tackle issues including anti-social behaviour and fear of crime as well as community concerns such as littering, fly tipping and dog-fouling.
It identifies a number of recommendations to further improve communications and confidence and to give wardens appropriate training in adopting restorative approaches in preparation for expected changes in the law, which will result in wardens being given new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour.
A review of the warden service was carried out by the council’s safer and stronger communities overview and scrutiny committee last year.
Its findings and recommendations will be put to cabinet members when they meet next Wednesday.
The scrutiny report includes details of the work of the wardens within communities and information on the contribution the team makes to partnership working with the police, housing providers and other organisations.
As well as looking at the role and responsibilities of the neighbourhood wardens those who carried out the review also got to see the wardens’ work first hand by going out on patrol with them and observing multi-agency operations.
Easington councillor Dr David Boyes, who is chairman of the committee, said: “This report highlights the contribution neighbourhood wardens make to communities across the county, the wide-ranging and varied duties they carry out and the work they do in partnership with other organisations to improve the quality of life for residents.”
Cabinet members will meet on Wednesday, April 16 at 10am at Crook Civic Centre, in North Terrace, in Crook.