Funding boost to clean up Derbyshire communities
Monday 4th December 2017 16:33 Community Derbyshire News Posted by Adam Higgins

Communities around the county are set to benefit from a £15,000 funding boost from Derbyshire County Council which looks to improve the quality of local life.

In 2011, the council’s community safety team set up a programme of work to organise clean ups and graffiti removal across Derbyshire.

The work is completed by offenders on a ‘Community Payback’ scheme who are sentenced to carry out unpaid work to help them learn new skills while also doing their bit for the community.

Supervised by staff from Community Payback, they travel the county clearing up woodland, allotments and recreation grounds by cutting back vegetation and removing litter, as well as helping out with basic painting and decorating and graffiti removal.

The county council is investing £15,000 this year in the scheme and co-ordinates activities with a local probation service and graffiti removal contractor.

Councillor Carol Hart, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, said: “People take great pride in their neighbourhoods and communities, and how your surroundings look can often affect how you feel about where you live.

“However, resources for local communities are limited – so the clean-up project is a perfect way to improve residential and communal areas while also helping to rehabilitate offenders who are determined to get back on the right track and into work.

“The funding we invest makes the most of the resources available to communities and I’m looking forward to seeing the great work the scheme does around the county.”

The council invites district and parish councils and community safety partnerships to nominate sites in their areas which would benefit from jobs like hedge and bush cutting, clearing litter and removing fly-tipping.

The Probation Community Payback Scheme is delivered by the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland Community Rehabilitation Company (DNLRCRC).

Anyone who wants to find out more about the project and request a clean-up project can contact Seamus Carroll on 01629 538494 or e-mail [email protected].