Plan for new wardens to clean up Rugby

The cabinet will meet on Monday to discuss the plan
The cabinet will meet on Monday to discuss the plan
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A new team of ‘enforcement wardens’ may be deployed to tackle litter, dog fouling and fly-tipping in Rugby.

Town hall officials believe the idea is the best way of using staff who would otherwise enforce regulations in the council’s car parks.

Rugby Borough Council’s cabinet is due to discuss the plan next week - and Sean Lawson, the authority’s head of environmental services, has given it his support.

In a report to be presented to councillors, he states: “The majority of local residents and businesses have concern about environmental crimes - for example dog fouling, littering and fly-tipping.

“All political groups have indicated they are keen to see more of this type of enforcement as a deterrent and drive improvements in local environmental quality.”

The proposal has arisen after the borough council lost its role in enforcing regulations governing on-street parking.

It would enable the authority to keep staff who would otherwise lose their jobs, and involve three full-time wardens providing cover seven days a week.

The report adds: “The termination of the parking agreement has created an opportunity for a fundamental review of exactly what style of service would be appropriate for the future.

“It is evident that in order to maintain an effective management regime to
support the economic prosperity of the town centre that some form of on-going enforcement presence across our car parking estate is required.

“However as the vast majority of users are compliant, we can look to optimise resources to enable a broader enforcement service that reflects and contributes to the council’s overall ambitions and strategy. “Therefore including within this redesigned activity an element of mullti-skilled enforcement of environmental crimes appears to be appropriate.”

Other suggested options include focussing the wardens’ attention only on car parks, inviting private companies to enforce rules in car parks, and converting all car parks to a ‘pay-on-exit’ system, which would cost about £500,000.

The cabinet is due to meet at the town hall on Monday at 5.30pm.

The meeting is open to the public.