Wardens have started patrolling the streets of two high-rise housing estates in Dudley.
The Estate Wardens will be a visible presence out on patrol on the Chapel Street estate in Brierley Hill and Highfields estate in Halesowen.
The aim is to make it easier for residents to have face to face contact in reporting issues on the estates such as flytipping, dog fouling, abandoned cars and anti-social behaviour.
The wardens are being deployed on a trial basis by Dudley Council from this week, with a view to rolling them out across the borough if they prove successful.
Councillor Keiran Casey, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:
I’m delighted we have been able to get this pilot scheme off the ground, and to see that wardens are now patrolling the streets in two areas.
Since taking control of the council, we have been extremely passionate about looking at ways in which we can engage with residents more, putting in place measures that can improve the link between the council, organisations and the community and ensuring that any concerns residents have are dealt with quickly and effectively.
These wardens will be a really important presence on the estates and as part of this trial we want to ensure that they are working with local residents and a range of organisations to improve our local areas.
As part of their roles they will provide a link between communities and organisations, extra vigilance on the estates. They will take quick and effective action on a range of issues, such as environmental issues like the reporting of fly-tipping and litter and working with police to tackle any anti-social behaviour problems.
We want these wardens to become trusted in the areas they are patrolling, and for residents to feel comfortable enough to tell them about any issues and problems they are having.
At the moment this is only a trial, but we believe that this will be a success and something that will make a big difference on our estates, as it has in other areas across the UK.”