Fresh blood is desperately needed to revive Melton’s Neighbourhood Watch scheme at a time when a shake-up of the borough’s police service has this week seen it absorbed into a larger regional body including both Rutland and Market Harborough (Eastern Counties Neighbourhood Policing Area).
Melton was dubbed the UK’s first Neighbourhood Watch town two years ago when virtually all of its 400 roads were covered by a branch group.
But at April’s annual general meeting, three of the scheme’s driving forces are stepping down - long-standing chairman Eric Tindall. Melton North manager Shane Mousley and email manager Glynn Cartwright, who has had a crucial role in co-ordinating communications around the network.
No potential replacements have yet come forward and Mr Mousley, who can no longer spare time because of work commitments with his undertaking business, emphasised how important it was to fill those roles
He said: “Melton Neighbourhood Watch is in danger of disappearing if people don’t come forward to volunteer their services for these posts.
“It probably did need a change in management, if I’m honest, because it’s probably gone a bit stagnant recently.
“We have 100 per cent coverage across the town but a lot of communities are laying dormant through a lack of information being received so taking on new people in these management roles will hopefully help breathe new life into the scheme.”
The key position to fill will be that of chairman - Mr Tindall is leaving the Melton scheme to chair the countywide Leicestershire organisation so his influence in the town will be severely diminished.
Mr Mousley’s vacant Melton North Manager role is also an important post, as is the manager’s job for the south of the town which also remains available.
Candidates are also sought for management positions on some of the six ward territories, email managers, distributors and the post of being in charge of the scheme’s Twitter account.
Anyone interested in taking on one of the vacant roles within Melton Neighbourhood Watch or who would like more information should email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com