improving the environment and bringing communities together,
according to a report launched today by regeneration minister Tony
From Birmingham to Brighton, neighbourhood and street wardens are
making a positive impact in hundreds of England's most deprived
neighbourhoods just one year after hitting the streets.
Speaking about the report at a new warden walking school bus scheme
in Knowsley, Liverpool, Mr McNulty said:
'Wardens have made a real difference to people's lives. Their
uniformed presence in neighbourhoods and town centres acts as an
important visible deterrent, helping to crack down on street crime
and anti-social behaviour.'
Since Darlington wardens began patrols, the number of burglaries in
the town has dropped by 17 per cent. In Manchester, wardens helped to
foil a burglar who stole£1,000 of property by providing police with
a description of the offender, later sentenced to 18 months
Mr McNulty added:
'Wardens are playing a major role in improving the local environment,
helping to remove graffiti, litter and abandoned cars. Wardens have
been described as their communities very own 'Ground Force'. Already,
their work is making neighbourhoods more attractive places for
In their first three months, wardens in Kidderminster reported 216
incidents of damage and graffiti. Sale wardens have organised litter
picks with local schools. Wardens in Huntington inspected over 30
open areas in their first two months, helping to improve
environmental management and maintenance.
Mr McNulty said:
'Wardens also bring communities together by fostering social
inclusion; and are a friendly face for some of society's most
vulnerable people. They are popular and help to turn resident's ideas
for neighbourhood projects into reality.'
In Knowsley, wardens helped to set up a walking school bus after
hearing that residents wanted to reduce traffic congestion. A major
priority for wardens is to work with young people. Examples include
organising football matches and teaching youngsters about personal
1. Tony McNulty announced the Neighbourhood and Street Wardens Annual
Report at the launch of a new walking school bus in Knowsley, set up
by wardens. The scheme is one of England's biggest walking school
buses, taking 80 children to and from school every day.
2. Wardens aim to improve the quality of life by providing a
uniformed presence in residential areas. They promote community
safety, contribute to community development and assist with
environmental improvements and housing management. They can care for
the physical appearance and management of their areas and foster
3. Wardens are a key part of the National Strategy for Neighbourhood
Renewal, launched by the Prime Minister in January 2001, which aims
to narrow the gap over the next 10 to 20 years between England's most
deprived communities and the rest of the country. Warden schemes are
already showing signs of success and demonstrating innovative ways of
promoting social inclusion.
4. The Home Office and Office of the Deputy Prime Minister have
jointly funded a£36m neighbourhood warden scheme, employing
450 wardens in 85 schemes. Following the Prime Minister's
announcement at the Liveability Conference in April 2001, a further
#50 million for 123 street warden schemes funded by the Office of the
Deputy Prime Minister, with 750 wardens, are being implemented over
the coming year.
5. Barbara Roche, minister of state in the Office of the Deputy Prime
Minister, announced on 5 June, a£22.5m funding package to put
an extra 300 street wardens in crime hotspots in ten police service
6. The Neighbourhood and Street Wardens Annual Report is available here .