Burngreave Messenger.
Issue 39 March 2004

Walk About with Community Wardens

by Rob Smith
photography by Carl Rose

Senior warden Gaynor surveying an improvised dumpit site.On Tuesday 14th February along with my trusted photographer Carl, I spent a cold morning on one of many routine patrols with our newly-appointed Community Wardens. Outside Pitsmoor Post Office we met up with warden Frank, and we began with what was his regular morning patrol of patch 10.

From the Post Office we walked up Roe Lane as Frank explained some of the daily duties.

“We look out for graffiti and if we come across fly tipping we log the place and time before reporting the facts back to the office. Liasing with other agencies, like Street Force, we have the rubbish removed. And Rob, we always action those results.”

Senior warden Gaynor Naylor.

“This rubbish
will be moved today.”

Frank patrols his route twice a day and cheerfully admits that he enjoys every moment of the job.

“We begin outside one of the three local Post Offices in the morning and talk to people, reassuring them with our presence.”

As we’d already moved through Firs Hill flats and onto Scott Road a woman under stress approached Frank. Rendering her the assistance of his listening ear we went on towards Bruce’s shop at the end of Scott Road. It was cold and senior warden Gaynor Naylor was at the beginning of patch 5 and waiting for us to join her.

On the corner of Ellesmere Road North a large disused mattress had been leaned against a wall. As we stood close by, Gaynor explained that this began with one item and had increased to a small tip over a few days. Now debris, tyres, broken washing machines, fridges, push bikes and other disused items had been dumped alongside. A lady from across the street came out to complain as the Street Force van that seemed to have been tailing us from around Pitsmoor Post Office reappeared.

“Here they are,” explained Gaynor to the lady. “This rubbish will be getting moved for you today.”

As we moved off towards patch 4, which is Carwood, we caught sight of four or five youths, who seemed to be totally educationally-excluded. Gaynor, also aware of these youths, explained that the wardens have developed quite a rapport with them, but all in all it is another issue that needs some focus.

As we moved on through Lyons Street we began to see the major fly-tipping that has and still is taking place. “Some people have been caught by us dumping around here and fined very heavily for it,” explained Gaynor “We also work closely with the Neat Team which is the refuse collection force.”

We walked through Maxwell Street and saw the need for more major litter picking days as we move close to the summer season. In Earsham Street, Gaynor explained how the back of Atlas Street had become a place for local firms and shops to dump rubbish and even asbestos, which she pointed out to us. Back onto Maxwell then Sutherland Street; again the fly-tipping and litter strewed thoughout the grass and vegetation.

We left Gaynor as she continued her patrol towards Spital Hill and we made our cold way back towards the office. I realised that the job the wardens were doing extended further than what we had seen and I looked forward to a second walk about with our Burngreave Community Wardens, which will be the night patrol.

To report fly-tipping, graffiti, abandoned or burnt-out cars, vandalism and rubbish contact Burngreave Community Wardens on 272 5057. There is a 24-hour answering machine which can record any problems when no one is available in the office.


Community Warden Frank and an abandoned fridge.


Photos copyright © Carl Rose   

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