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Community Payback blitzes Sheerness alleyways

6 February 2017

Rubbish strewn alleyways in Marine Town are now spic and span thanks to Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Companyís Community Payback scheme.

Community Payback is a punishment for breaking the law that involves individuals working on projects that benefit the community. It is also a way for individuals to learn new skills to support their rehabilitation. This includes practical skills needed for a job such as how to work in a team and achieve tangible goals.

Two teams of eight individuals supervised by Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company, rolled up their sleeves and filled up skips full of rubbish during the one day clean-up.

They blitzed alleyways in Jefferson Road, Richmond Street and Ranelagh Road.

The alleyways, just off Marine Town, had previously been used by fly-tippers for many years.

The clean-up was part of a day of action which was organised with Swale Borough Council and Kent Police.

Donna Leigh, Community Payback Manager with Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company, said: “This project is an outstanding example of individuals paying back for the crimes they have committed and what can be achieved through our Community Payback schemes, which work to support and improve local communities.”

Tom Mepstead, Kent Police Sergeant from Swale Policing Team, said: “Initiatives like this really help the community and it is a great example of the collaborative work that is achieved between our agencies. The public were pleased to see that the Community Payback team were out helping to make the area a better environment to be in and we believe clean and tidy streets encourages people to conduct themselves in a better way.”

“This also gives offenders the chance to rehabilitate and give something back to the community.”

Councillor David Simmons, cabinet member for environment and rural affairs at the council, said: “Swale Borough Council work hard to combat fly tipping in the area and use a contractor to regularly remove fly tipping and clear the alleyways.” 

“We know the vast majority of local people want to keep their neighbourhoods clean, so encourage anyone who witnesses, or comes across, fly-tipping to report it to us so we can try to identify and prosecute the offenders.”

“This is an ongoing issue and we are grateful for the assistance of the Community Payback team who have done a great job.”

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