Community wardens

A Community Warden's role is to try and ensure that everyone can enjoy the area they live in by:

  • Reducing the frequency of anti-social behaviour such as litter, fly tipping and dog fouling.
  • Reducing the fear of crime.
  • Reducing incidents of crime.
  • Developing closer links with communities and young people.
  • A community warden is a member of a highly visible patrol. Wardens work in pairs and are specific to an area for a period of three to six months.

Areas covered are:

  • Rural: Plean, Bannockburn, Whins of Milton Hillpark, Deanston,Doune,Dunblane., and Bridge of Allan.
  • City Centre: Custom roundabout Kings Knot junction at A811 to Kings Park Douglas Terrace, to Allan  Park to Riverside back to Customs,Causewayhead,Corton & Raploch
  • Outer City Limit: Fallin, Throsk, Cowie,Braehead, St Ninians
  • Outer Rural Limit: All the western villages, which will be patrolled by the team.

The wardens are on duty from 2:30 pm until 10pm working a pattern of shifts Monday to Saturday. In line with the Antisocial behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004, the Community Wardens play a big part in liaising with Communities to prevent Anti- Social Behaviour (ASB)  It is part of their duties to inform other agencies of issues that may be brought to them by members of communities. Where possible Community Wardens attend local Community Council meetings to give information pertinent to their community.
Community Wardens will provide a friendly face to promote the area as a safe, attractive place to visit, shop, work and live.  

They have a wide range of duties which include:

Environmental Issues:

  • Where appropriate, litter picks and prompt uplift of fly-tipping, needles and report dog fouling
  • Report incidents of vandalism and graffiti to the relevant services
  • Be a point of contact for environmental concerns
  • Enforcement powers of fixed penalty notices for dog fouling and littering.

Communication:

  • Provide reassurance to residents
  • Engage with residents and young people
  • Report incidents of anti-social behaviour or crime to other partners as appropriate

What legal Powers do Community Wardens have?

Other than the lawful powers conferred on all citizens to take appropriate actions when they witness a serious offence being committed, the Wardens have no powers to stop, search, arrest or detain anyone or to disperse groups or assemblies.  They can, however, respond to certain situations by contacting the relevant Emergency Service or  Council Contact Centre if they believe that this has not already been done and to do so would benefit the community.  
They are also empowered to issue Fixed Penalty Notices in relation to dog fouling and littering where their previous education and information attempts have been ignored.
In addition, Community Wardens will develop links with local schools, community groups and businesses.

Contact information: wardens@stirling.gov.uk   Tel: 0845 277 7000

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