Richard Sinden is the Wye Community Warden.
Community Wardens are employed by Kent County Council and Richard also patrols Chilham and Godmersham. His hours vary from week to week, but Richard is out and about between 07.30 and 22.00 every day.
Wye is very fortunate to have one of the most experienced wardens in Kent. He grew up locally and brings a wealth of local knowledge to the job.
Richard Sinden works closely with the Parish Council, and as the Community Warden he:
- tackles low-level crime and antisocial behaviour (such as graffiti, littering, fly tipping and vandalism)
- resolves minor disputes and prevents them from escalating
- controls traffic and deals with parking obstructions
- intervenes with powers to take the name and address of any individual seen acting suspiciously
- solves problems and works closely with Kent Police and other authorities, including Ashford Borough Council Housing Department, Social Services and Kent Fire and Rescue and Wye Surgery
- is a familiar figure around Wye, who is an accessible point of contact who knows and talks to local people, and can offer them information and advice
- takes part in community activities e.g. the Community Lunch, Sensory Garden project and Wye Warm Space
- liaises closely with the Parish Council, and provides a monthly incident report
- provides a reassuring uniformed presence about the village
- is a trained First Aider and fully trained to the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme
- encourages the community to work together
Crime in Wye is low, and most of the reported incidents are minor anti-social acts. Kent Police maps and publishes monthly crime statistics for each ward, including Wye.
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