A number of areas in North Ayrshire, those with the worst rates of crime and anti social behaviour, had a community warden service under Labour.
In their first budget for 2013/14, the SNP administration of North Ayrshire Council removed community wardens from these areas, cutting £650,000 from the budget and moving to two mobile teams that would only spend a matter of weeks in the areas they were deployed.
The community wardens had made a remarkable difference in the areas they were deployed. They held the confidence of the communities and through a good working relationship had effectively reduced anti social behaviour, litter and dog fouling.
That's why Joe voted against the removal of these community warden teams.
The SNP won the vote and the warden services were removed and two mobile teams set up.
This was despite misleading claims by SNP Councillors in the lead up to the 2012 local elections that they had 'saved' community warden services that weren't under threat.
After Joe pointed out that SNP Councillors had actually used their first budget to remove the service the SNP quickly removed the Councillors profile.....
The mobile team have made a short term difference in the areas they have been deployed since. They have also been the only people issuing enforcement notices for litter and dog fouling. However, in this year's budget the SNP have cut them too.