Warden service in Keighley to be reduced



First published in News

Keighley is to lose three of its neighbourhood wardens as part of Bradford Council cuts.

Ten wardens will remain to carry out a wide range of duties on the streets of the town and surrounding villages.

The Shipley team, which covers villages including Denholme, Cullingworth, will lose two of its existing 11-strong team.

The cuts will help the warden service – which currently employs 95 officers across the district – save £200,000 on its annual £2 million-plus budget.

Responsibility for local wardens lies with the council’s Keighley Area Committee, which will receive a report on the wardens’ work.

The wardens’ duties include dealing with complaints of dog fouling and issuing £80 fixed penalty notices.

They also issue fixed penalty notices to owners who are flouted the government’s recently-introduced.Dog Control Orders.

The wardens tackle problems such as anti-social behaviour, rubbish in gardens, and broken pay-and-display machines.

The wardens operate a CCTV vehicle which tours the district spotting drivers flouting parking rules, particularly around schools, bus stops and pedestrian crossings.

In the past two years the number of parking tickets issued to people parking around schools has risen five-fold, from 32 to 209 a year.

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