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Community Payback impresses local Council with their exceptional work

6 January 2017

Community Payback teams have rolled up their sleeves to clear bagfuls of rubbish and debris from alleyways in Havengore Avenue, Gravesend.

Gravesend Borough Council asked Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC) to help with the clearance, as fly-tippers had been using the alleyways.

A Community Payback team, led by Supervisor Simon Richards, spent hours clearing the alley of rubbish and cutting back overgrown weeds and brambles.

Tania McGee, Tenant Participation Officer at Gravesham Borough Council, said: ‘The alleyway is 100 per cent better than when they started. Simon and his team did a great job in clearing up the numerous large items as well as the fly tipping in the area. It was appalling to see so many black carrier bags filled with trash that had been just thrown in the alley.’

Jack Budgen, Community Payback Manager at KSS CRC, said: ‘The alleyways had become an eyesore to the public. Residents wanted it restored and our Community Payback team worked hard to achieve that aim. It was a tough job.’

KSS CRC has been working closely with Gravesend Borough Council to identify work for individuals on Community Payback to complete that has a genuine community benefit and is visible and demanding. Community Payback is a sentence available to courts and is intended as both a punishment and a means by which someone can make amends to the community for the harm they have caused.

Working in partnership in this way is highly beneficial to both parties. Recently, Gravesham Borough Council has agreed to loan one of their facilities to accommodate accredited first aid training for KSS CRC service users. This will assist in their rehabilitation and preventing reoffending, as unemployment and a lack of skills is one of the main reasons that causes people to turn to crime.   

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