Manager Must Live Up to Commitment to Save Community Wardens-O'Leary
Sinn Féin councillor Chris O'Leary begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting has said the City Manager needs to live up to the commitment he gave him some months ago to find alternative funding for the community warden scheme. Department of the Environment grants which had funded the scheme to date are due to run out in September.
Cllr O'Leary said:
"The community wardens play a critical role in communities around the city. As well as preventing littering and illegal dumping, their work includes revitalising residents associations, organising bonfire night events and summer schemes for children, and assisting community policing. Community wardens help build up communities and combat littering and anti-social behaviour."
"There were originally six community wardens - one in each ward of the city. One retired in 2008 and was not replaced. Funding for the remaining wardens is due to run out in September."
"I raised this issue with the City Manager in January and he gave me a commitment that he would find alternative funding for the wardens scheme in the council budget. I hope he will now act on this commitment and save this vital service."
For further information or comment contact Cllr Chris O'Leary @ 087-2793407.