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Wye Community Warden

Wye Community Warden seeing Community Lunch diners safely on board the Woodchurch Wagon minibus

The crime rate in Wye is low, and most of the reported incidents are minor anti-social acts, but prevention is better than cure. Wye is very fortunate to have Richard Sinden as its Community Warden. Richard is one of the most experienced wardens in Kent, added to which he has a wealth of local knowledge. Richard has a central role in the organisation of social care and support initiatives like the weekly Community Lunch for elderly residents.

Richard Sinden varies his hours from week to week, but he is out and about between the hours of 07.30 and 22.00 every day. Richard:

  • 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
  • has powers to take name and address of any individual seen acting suspiciously
  • works closely with Kent Police and other professional authorities, including Ashford Borough Council Housing Department, Social Services and Kent Fire and Rescue
  • knows and talks to local people, and offers them information and advice
  • takes part in local community activities
  • liaises closely with the Parish Council, and provides a monthly incident report
  • provides a reassuring uniformed presence about the village
  • is fully trained to the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme
  • is trained to give First Aid
  • encourages the community to work together

Richard Sinden covers the parishes of Wye, Chilham and Godmersham as part of the Ashford, Folkestone and Hythe team of community wardens employed by Kent County Council.

07969 583 920

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Last updated: Sat, 24 Oct 2020 16:54