Working for Wye - past, present and future

Community Warden

Richard Sinden is the Wye Community Warden. He is employed by Kent County Council and varies his hours 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, who grew up locally and has a wealth of local knowledge. Richard works closely with the Parish Council to:

  • tackle low-level crime and antisocial behaviour (such as graffiti, littering, fly tipping and vandalism)
  • resolve minor disputes and prevents them from escalating
  • control traffic and deals with parking obstructions
  • intervene with powers to take the name and address of any individual seen acting suspiciously
  • work closely with Kent Police and other professional authorities, including Ashford Borough Council Housing Department, Social Services and Kent Fire and Rescue and Wye Surgery
  • be a familiar and accessible figure, who knows and talks to local people, and can offer them information and advice
  • take part in local community activities
  • liaise closely with the Parish Council, and provide a monthly incident report
  • provide a reassuring uniformed presence about the village
  • be a trained First Aider and fully trained to the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme
  • encourage 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. Contact Richard Sinden by Mobile: 07969 583 920 or Email: or via the Kent Community Wardens Website:

Last updated: Tue, 24 Mar 2020 20:04