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WARDEN INITIATIVE FOR RURAL AREA INTRODUCED

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Mullion's much anticipated neighbourhood wardens take to the streets of the village for the first time next week, h...
Mullion's much anticipated neighbourhood wardens take to the streets of the village for the first time next week, having completed a two week training programme in preparation for their new role.
District and parish councillor for Mullion, Carolyn Rule, welcomed the wardens' arrival in the village:
'The start of the Mullion neighbourhood warden scheme can only enhance the feeling of community spirit and wellbeing for the residents of this lovely village. There is a lot of local support for the project and we wish the wardens well in their work for our community.'
Pat Aston, Kerrier DC portfolio holder for social inclusion said:
'The Kerrier Community Safety Partnership has an ongoing commitment to reducing crime and the fear of crime across this district. The Mullion neighbourhood warden scheme will play an important part in our overall strategy to achieve this. It is a credit to the hard work of all those involved that we are one of just fifty schemes nationally to be awarded home office funding for this type of project and we are determined that it will be a success, benefiting residents of all ages in the Mullion area.'
Chairman of Engage West Cornwall, Andy Moore, is particularly interested in the benefits that this project will bring to the young people of the village, saying that:
'I am delighted that we have been able to assist with funding for this important project. The Mullion neighbourhood warden scheme is one of 13 projects in West Cornwall currently receiving funding from the Engage programme and is exactly the sort of initiative that will make a difference to local young people and their community.'
Superintendent Colin Terry, Kerrier district commander in the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary comments:
'This is the only warden initiative in the county and one of the very first nationally to be introduced in a rural area. The wardens, together with the local beat officer PC Larraine George, will be able to work together with the whole community to address issues of local concern. I am delighted that we have this opportunity in Kerrier.'
Notes
* The Mullion neighbourhood wardens have been appointed with the aim of improving the quality of life for local residents by reducing crime and the fear of crime; reducing anti-social behaviour and involving the community in crime prevention initiatives.
* The Mullion neighbourhood warden scheme is a new initiative for the Kerrier Community Safety Partnership, which comprises Kerrier DC, the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, Cornwall CC, the local primary care trust and the probation service. Due to run for two years, it is one of only 50 schemes nationally to have been selected by the home office for funding totalling£53,530.
* Additional funding for the project worth£32,400 has also been provided by Engage West Cornwall, a programme funded by the South West of England Regional Development Agency and targeted at helping 14-25 year olds living in Kerrier, Penwith and Carrick.
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