Groups may have to pay if they are to use Sudbury’s community wardens to help manage events in the future.
As police officers are no longer available to manage events – such as remembrance parades and street parties – towns and villages have to find their own ways to organise issues, such as traffic management.
In Sudbury, the community wardens are used, however, contributions will now be asked for if the wardens are used outside of Sudbury or outside of working hours.
A spokesman for Sudbury Town Council said that this was “not a charge” and there was “no set rate”, adding that some events had contributed to costs for a number of years.
Community warden Bradley Smith said their charges were “nowhere near” those of commercial companies.
“We are doing it for the people,” he said.