Offenders help with maintenance of Salisbury park and ride sites

Offenders help with maintenance of Salisbury park and ride sites

Published by Spire FM News at 5:42am 13th February 2020. (Updated at 6:11am 13th February 2020)

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It's part of a community payback project involving Wiltshire Council and the Probation Service.

Adult offenders spent at least 40 hours a week at the five sites, carrying out unpaid work including undertaking grass cutting, hedge trimming and general maintenance. 

Wiltshire Council supplied £2,000 worth of equipment.

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, said:

"Working with the Probation Service has been very successful, and so we are pleased to be able to commit to work with them again this year.

"Community payback scheme projects directly benefit Wiltshire communities, and so we are looking forward to continuing this partnership throughout 2020." 

Wilton Park and Ride
Put to good use. Offenders have helped spruce up Wilton's Park and Ride.

HOW DOES THE SCHEME WORK?

The Probation Service supplies people who have been sentenced by a court to carry out unpaid work hours. A person can be sentenced between 40-300 hours, which must be completed within 12 months of the sentence.

They are expected to work on projects that directly benefit the community, such as litter picking, graffiti removal, gardening and decorating and can be for the local council, a charity or not for profit projects.

PROJECT SUGGESTIONS:

The community payback team is looking to secure more projects in Wiltshire for 2020 and is looking for nominations from organisations and the public. 

For a chat about a proposed project, contact Paul Wainwright, Community Payback Manager, on paul.wainwright@bgswcrc.probationsservice.co.uk.

 

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