Scheme for community student street wardens in Winton to be extended

Bournemouth Echo: COMMUNITY: Student wardens introducing themselves to local residents in Winton COMMUNITY: Student wardens introducing themselves to local residents in Winton

AN innovative scheme that has introduced community student street wardens to Winton is being extended.

Two more wardens have been recruited and the area covered by the scheme is being extended to Alma and Greene Roads, where there have been recent spikes in anti-social behaviour.

The wardens, who are students themselves, are there to support students in their accommodation, particularly those living away from home for the first time, and to target anti-social behaviour issues.

The scheme has been deemed a success since it was introduced last October and the Arts University has now joined with Bournemouth University in recruiting and funding the community wardens. Winton East Cllr Pat Oakley, who helped set up the scheme, said: “The scheme has been given strong app-roval by the majority of residents and has made a real difference to our community. This is truly what community work is all about, different individuals working together to provide solid pragmatic solutions for the benefit of their community.

“The pilot scheme is clearly successful and I am confident we have demonstrated its value to the community.”

He said he and his fellow ward councillors hoped to double the number of wardens to 12 in the next year.

“Even though we have six wardens they are spread very thinly,” he said. “The wardens work part-time – they are students first and they all have demanding university courses.

“Winton has a population of more than two and a half thousand university students, that’s four hundred students per warden.”

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4:40pm Mon 20 Jan 14

wool525 says...

they should come down pine road in the early hours, and listen to the racket of students, whats the point of walking around in the daylight
they should come down pine road in the early hours, and listen to the racket of students, whats the point of walking around in the daylight wool525
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7:46pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Vortigern says...

It might be a success on the streets they live on, but it doesn't exist on mine.

Why do they come to where all the students live? Or is it that they know they won't like what they hear?
It might be a success on the streets they live on, but it doesn't exist on mine. Why do they come to where all the students live? Or is it that they know they won't like what they hear? Vortigern
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9:39pm Mon 20 Jan 14

TheDistrict says...

Do they honestly think that this is a success. It is just short of kids sticking up for kids. Surely the student patrols have no powers, and if things got serious the Police would be called, or the out of hours environment team. Is this not Bournemouth Council and Ward Councillors finding ways of saving money by using cheap labour forces.
Do they honestly think that this is a success. It is just short of kids sticking up for kids. Surely the student patrols have no powers, and if things got serious the Police would be called, or the out of hours environment team. Is this not Bournemouth Council and Ward Councillors finding ways of saving money by using cheap labour forces. TheDistrict
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11:40am Tue 21 Jan 14

Bournemouth87 says...

I commend Pat Oakley for trying to resolve the issue and i do believe he is doing an excellent job for residents in some parts of Winton, however 6 students to deal with all these students, u need around 50 to deal with green road, pine road and worst of all cardigan road. People need to remember as Pat says continue to report the anti social neighbours, it is the only way this could stop. Students will not repect families living next door so that is all you can do. Also contact pat he will give you some good advice.
I commend Pat Oakley for trying to resolve the issue and i do believe he is doing an excellent job for residents in some parts of Winton, however 6 students to deal with all these students, u need around 50 to deal with green road, pine road and worst of all cardigan road. People need to remember as Pat says continue to report the anti social neighbours, it is the only way this could stop. Students will not repect families living next door so that is all you can do. Also contact pat he will give you some good advice. Bournemouth87
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9:04pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Hobad1 says...

If the students could just learn how to park their cars that'll be a start. Then we can tackle the issue of them thinking wandering home at 4 in the morning shouting and screaming is acceptable, because they've had 2 shandies. PS i live in winton, have never seen one of these wardens, and would welcome them listening to my opinion.
If the students could just learn how to park their cars that'll be a start. Then we can tackle the issue of them thinking wandering home at 4 in the morning shouting and screaming is acceptable, because they've had 2 shandies. PS i live in winton, have never seen one of these wardens, and would welcome them listening to my opinion. Hobad1
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