People should have say over wardens plan

Protest'Colin Poole outside the Daventry Town Council offices, New Street, Daventry.
Protest'Colin Poole outside the Daventry Town Council offices, New Street, Daventry.

A former councillor says the people of Daventry should have their say over whether to fund wardens for the town.

Colin Poole, who has set up a meeting with councillors, is to push for a parish poll on the issue as it could see extra money put onto households’ council tax bills.

The wardens were set up by the Daventry Business Partnership. After that was wound up at the end of March Daventry Town Council voted to take on the service for a trial period of three months.

Mr Poole said: “The town council’s precept went up by 14 per cent per household this month.

“If they charge this extra service to the taxpayer that could be a 25 per cent rise.

“I think that kind of increase needs to be decided on by the public directly.

“The business partnership was a limited company, and its services were not statutory so nobody has to take them on.

“The town councillors say they want the wardens to cover the whole town – before they just did the town centre. They want them to help out with, and report all kinds of things like graffiti, dog mess, and setting up walking buses for schools.

“We already have 17 town councillors, 12 district and two county councillors, plus 15 police officers. That’s 46 people who should already do that task, not to mention the various council employees working out and about.

“Why do we need to pay to duplicate these things?”

Mr Poole met with representatives of the town council on Thursday to discuss his points, ahead of the annual town meeting on April 22.