Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Neighbourhood Wardens' Report for Theale - May 2013

Unfortunately the Wardens often have to deal with extremely
unpleasant issues which they find whilst on patrol, and at the
beginning of May team members found and removed a used
nappy from the recreation ground.

One of the Wardens’ key roles is to engage with all sectors of
the community and in May the team attended a tea afternoon
at St Luke’s Church on Englefield Road. This gave the
Wardens the opportunity to meet a large number of elderly
residents from the parish, to whom they explained their role,
and how they can help the community. It is also gave the
residents an opportunity to raise any issues they may be
experiencing. The Wardens will drop in on this, and other
community groups to maintain contact.

Whilst patrolling James Butcher Drive the Wardens found an
untaxed vehicle, which they reported to the DVLA for action.

In Blatch’s Close the Wardens found an unattended vehicle
with the passenger window open. A door knock of houses in
the vicinity failed to locate the owner so the vehicle details
were recorded and reported to the Police as part of the
“Virtually Stolen” crime prevention initiative. The owner of the
vehicle will receive a letter advising them of the risks of
leaving their vehicle in a vulnerable condition.

The Wardens were contacted by an elderly resident who was
concerned about a heavily littered footpath between the
recreation ground and Church Street. The Wardens
immediately responded, removed one sack full of general
litter and a large piece of polystyrene from the footpath.

A resident passed on information to the Wardens concerning
a property where they suspected the resident was not paying
the appropriate Council Tax. The Wardens passed this
information to West Berkshire Council for further
investigation.

Background

The West Berkshire Neighbourhood
Warden Scheme was launched in
May 2005 covering the West
Berkshire parishes of Holybrook
and Tilehurst. The scheme was
extended to Purley on Thames in
2006, Theale in 2009, Pangbourne in
2011.

The scheme employs five and a half
full-time staff and is funded by West
Berkshire Council, Sovereign
Housing Association, and Tilehurst,
Holybrook, Purley on Thames,
Theale, and Pangbourne Parish
Councils.

Report Scope

This report details the activities and
achievements of the Neighbourhood
Warden scheme during May 2013

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