New neighbourhood warden for Horsham Town
01 Jun 2021
Horsham District Council has a new Neighbourhood Warden to help patrol Horsham Town. Maria Colenso has joined Alison Page as a Neighbourhood Warden for the town centre.
Maria was previously a Youth Worker for Sussex Clubs for Young People, engaging with teenagers across the Horsham District. She was also a qualified Group Exercise Instructor, delivering fitness to all ages and abilities.
Maria said: "I am really excited to be working alongside Alison as a Neighbourhood Warden in a role that can make a positive difference in the wider community and give support to local residents."
Commenting on the new recruit, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Horsham Town, Parking and Communications Cllr Tony Hogben said:
"Post Covid-19 recovery continues and we need to ensure that our town area feels safe and secure to welcome residents and shoppers back.
“Horsham is already one of the safest and nicest places to live in the UK, but of course we are striving to improve this even further. The addition of an extra Neighbourhood Warden is most welcome. “
Based within the community, Neighbourhood Wardens work alongside partner agencies to improve the quality of life for everyone. They undertake a variety of activities including community development, high visibility patrols, enforcement, working with the elderly, vulnerable and young people.
Wardens refer crime incidents to the Police, acting as professional witnesses. They are not, however, a replacement for the police, nor are they an emergency service. The Horsham Neighbourhood Warden scheme is funded by the Denne, Trafalgar and Forest Neighbourhood Councils and managed by Horsham District Council.
If you would like to contact either Maria or Alison our Horsham Town Centre Neighbourhood Wardens, you can do so by emailing Horsham.NeighbourhoodWardens@horsham.gov.uk or calling Alison on 07795 051555 or Maria on 07795 051561.