Phone service planned for out of hours wrong-doing in Windsor and Maidenhead

A new telephone service could be set up in Berkshire to allow people to report rule-breakers in their neighbourhoods out of office hours.

The pilot scheme will collect reports of unauthorised tree felling, planning enforcement, dangerous structures and late-night noise.

It is expected to be agreed by Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council's cabinet next week.

If it goes ahead, the six-month trial is expected to be running by January.

Council leaders say they estimate the long-term costs to be about £16,500 a year.

The council said it hoped the scheme would allow people to report urgent problems when they are taking place.

Councillor Geoff Hill said: "This move puts residents first by providing them with the means to report an urgent issue out-of-hours rather than waiting until the council offices open the following day."

A rota of officers will be on standby to assess and attend incidents. An estimated 50 to 100 calls a year are anticipated.

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