Issued 8 February 2021
South Hams District Council has approved the creation of four new seasonal posts in its Localities team, to boost the service provided to residents in the spring and summer months.
The Council has approved the creation of four new seasonal jobs within its Localities Team, to reflect the increased number of visitors to the area in the spring and summer months. The summer influx of visitors leads to a greater need for the services carried out by Locality Officers, such as community engagement and environmental enforcement.
The additional seasonal officers will support the team in providing a seven day service throughout the summer months, operating between Easter and the end of September. The new officers will be working throughout the South Hams, building on the success of last summer, where staff worked at weekends to help protect the local environment and help keep people safe during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
£25,000 per year will be set aside to cover the costs of introducing these officers, who will be completely mobile, and spend each day patrolling the district.
The additional officers will mean that the Localities service will be more visible than ever before, and will be able to quickly respond to reports made online by residents, businesses and visitors.
The Localities team, made up of officers on-the-ground who carry out important inspection and monitoring functions, and deal with environmental issues such as fly tipping, litter and waste has also been restructured for the first time since its creation in 2015. This change has been made to improve their offering to residents and provide a consistent, visible presence within the community.
Cllr Nicky Hopwood, Executive Member for Council, said: “This will be a new, more modern looking Localities service in the South Hams, which is fit for purpose.
“The Localities team was set up some five years ago and hasn’t undergone an in-depth review since its inception. The seasonal officers will help maintain a high presence in tourist areas within the South Hams, building on the success of weekend working last year.
“The new Officers will primarily be going to tourist areas and building on the success of last year. They were very successful in educating people and looking at things like full bins that may have filled quicker than normal in tourist areas, problems with beaches, things like that; it’ll keep a really good presence within the South Hams in our tourist areas, for which we are so well known.”