Better Bankside has reached agreement with Southwark Council for the continuation of the Better Bankside Warden Service for a further 3 years. Both parties share a commitment to making Bankside feel a safe, secure and welcoming place to work, live and visit. Better Bankside will again contribute 2/3 of the cost of the service with the Council meeting the remainder. The total cost over a three year term will be £923,511 with Better Bankside contributing £606,663, 1% less than the cost of the previous term.
The Better Bankside Wardens team consists of a Team Leader, 6 Community Wardens and one apprentice warden. All are enthusiastic and committed to Bankside and the ethos of the Business Improvement District. The wardens are each accredited with a number of police powers that allow them to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for things like littering (including the dropping of cigarette butts), dog fouling and cycling on footways. In addition they can seize alcohol from street drinkers and under-aged drinkers and can also reprimand and report any licensed premises that sells alcohol to street drinkers who are causing a nuisance.
The members of the team have consistently met the annual targets set for them by Better Bankside and the Council. These include helping and assisting visitors, visiting businesses and carrying a range of environmental audits. The Wardens have a number of personal achievements to their credit from helping parents to be re-united with lost children and returning lost or stolen possessions to their owners. In terms of the safety of the BID they have also been involved in restraining and assisting with the arrests of violent offenders, administering First Aid, moving on street sleepers and drinkers and dealing with illegal traders and gamblers.
We look forward to 3 more successful years.