Community Payback team fixes up playing field
AS part of a Community Payback scheme Wookey playing field, children’s play area and changing rooms have been left looking like new.
Having previously been the subject of vandalism and graffiti, Wookey Parish Council thought that the site was a perfect place for the scheme to be put to good use.
Community Payback teams are made up of people who have been sentenced by judges or magistrates to carry out unpaid work.
Formally known as Community Service, the scheme gives local people a say in what unpaid work takes place in their area and how it will benefit the community.
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From bringing derelict areas and buildings back into public use to cleaning graffiti from the streets, offenders do work that otherwise may not be carried out.
The parish council got in touch with the scheme after hearing Tessa Munt, the MP for Wells, appeal for project to get in touch with Avon and Somerset Probation Trust, who run the scheme.
Denise Boulton, the clerk to Wookey Parish Council, said: “Like many small councils we have been trying to keep the budget down for parishioners, while keeping assets in a good state of repair.
“The final result was a job well done and another project is currently being discussed to have Community Payback return to the parish.”
Ms Munt visited the project and spoke to the workers involved and discussed the project with them.
If any other community group can offer a project please contact Joy Robertson at the probation trust on 03000 492627.
More information can be found at http://avonandsomersetprobation.org.uk.