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Bradford businesses back campaign to save Council Wardens jobs
UNISON has won the backing of businesses in its campaign to save 18 Council Warden jobs from the axe.
A petition to save the jobs threatened by the latest round of government cuts to local authority budgets will be launched on Monday, December 9, 2013 outside the Kirgate Market, Darley Street, Bradford from 10.00 a.m where members of the public can sign the petition in a UNISON marquee.
Linda Crowther, UNISON’s Bradford local government Branch Secretary, said the loss of 18 wardens would deprive the district of vital public servants.
Already businesses in the city have signed up to the campaign, including Lello’s hairdressers, staff at Wilkinson’s superstore and Kelly Lloyd, who runs the Nail Boutique@Blues in North Parade.
Kelly Lloyd said: “It is great having the wardens around, particularly if we have problems with street disturbances and street drinkers.
“They are our first point of contact and are able to solve situation very quickly.
“I know the businesses in Bradford really appreciate the work they do in such an efficient and friendly way and we would be very worried if they went.”
Linda Crowther said the wardens are sometimes the target of public anger because they have the power to issue notices to illegal parkers.
She said that role is important to keep traffic flowing and, for example, stop the illegal use of blue badges which denies genuinely disabled people access to shops and businesses.
But Linda said the role of wardens is far more wide-ranging – and local businesses rely on them to keep going.
She said: “Our members who provide this service are a crucial front-line help to the police, and other public agencies, to prevent crime and to protect the public.
“Recently one of the wardens successfully talked down a man attempting to commit suicide by jumping from the multi-story car park in Westgate.
“They routinely care for vulnerable, elderly and ill people who get into difficulty. They clear snow for elderly people when they are stranded.
“They help homeless rough sleepers to places of safety and help to promote campaigns against litter, street drinking and blue badge fraud.
“They also protect students from harassment, especially by motorists who park up illegally to abuse and proposition young women. They are an integral part of creating safer communities.
“We hope as many people as possible will sign the petition and urge the Council to reject these proposed job cuts.”
For further information contact Linda Crowther on 07866 802827 or 07785 620 422.