Doug Rands (WSCT17-12-15) legitimately questioned why Billingshurst residents have to pick up the cost of wardens to compensate for an ever-shrinking police presence - while the police element of council tax continues to rise.
He suggested that residents should be informed and consulted properly on this proposal to spend their money - which is not unreasonable.
As he pointed out, the amount paid for policing in the village (circa £500,000 pa) would equate to ten policemen at a cost of £50,000 pa each – whereas in practice policemen are rarely seen.
Surely councillors should be raising similar questions across the county. What is puzzling is that someone responded in last week’s CT, pointing out that wardens are providing a service in other parishes.
We know that, but it is not the point. What we don’t see is evidence of councillors confronting the imbalance of increasing costs, with a reduction in service from the only agency properly able to enforce the law - ie the police.
Wardens have helped to fill some of the gap left by a reduction in policing levels, but clearly they can never be the full solution.
So perhaps the parish council could please let us have their perspective on this, along with the business case that they developed and the outcome of local consultation.
Northlands Road, Warnham
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