Judgement day for the community officers working in floods

The Highfield Campus at the University of Southampton, which is home to the George Thomas Building. Picture: Geograph

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A LAST-ditch attempt will be made tomorrow to save a team of community workers who have been invaluable during the floods in Hambledon.

The Liberal Democrats will call upon Conservative-led Hampshire County Council to axe proposals to scrap 33 Accredited Community Safety Officers (ACSOs).

Councillor Keith House, leader of the Lib Dem opposition, said: ‘As we have seen from the flooding of recent weeks, front-line resources can be used in a wide variety of ways to make our streets safe and avoid harm.

‘ACSOs are at the sharp end of community safety, working with vulnerable older residents, helping troubled young people and, most often, being a friendly face around town or village.’

But Cllr Roy Perry, leader of the authority, has already stated he needs to find £93m of savings and non-statutory services, such as ACSOs, will be under threat. A decision will be made at a county council meeting in Winchester.