Shopkeepers and business owners have real concerns over plans which could see community wardens removed from service.
According to Falkirk Council, reducing the level of community wardens patrols would result in annual savings of £75,000 – but traders say they provide a vital service in areas like Grangemouth’s Bowhouse Square.
Michaela Tripney, who runs the square’s Hair and Beauty Salon, said: “As far as I’m aware the two wardens who cover our area have been told they are losing their jobs in March.
“The community wardens provide an invaluable service which gives us extra security in a vulnerable area like Bowhouse Square. The wardens here have built up a great relationship with Grangemouth High School pupils who visit the square at lunchtimes.
“Their presence reassures you and now it looks like we are going to lose them.”
A Falkirk Council spokesperson stated the proposal was just one of the money saving ideas which was going forward to be discussed and decided upon at the council’s budget meeting in February.