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Warden fears prompt protest

Residents from a sheltered housing scheme in Woodmansey mounted a protest outside County Hall in Beverley last week over what they see as a threat to the future of wardens. They’re concerned that East Riding Council is planning to replace the existing 53 permanent sheltered housing wardens with just 11 mobile wardens.

A representative from the protesters questioned council leader Stephen Parnaby at last week’s council meeting but Councillor Parnaby was keen to stress that no decision  had yet been taken on the future of services, reiterating that a consultation process had been extended until December 15th.

“We are, as a local authority, are going through a consultation process at the moment and we are not deciding anything today. I am not surprised there are concerns during the consultation period, these services are important to people. People really do value the wardens, I have to say the wardens do an extremely good job,” he said. Councillor Parnaby said the consultation had been extended to ensure people had the chance to have their say.