We help to clean up Derbyshire's communities

30 November 2017

Communities around the county are set to benefit from a £15,000 funding boost to help improve the quality of local life.

In 2011, our 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 their 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. 

We are investing £15,000 in the scheme this year and coordinate the activities with a local probation service and graffiti removal contractor.

Our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart 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."

We invite 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).

You can find out more about the project and request a clean-up project by contacting Seamus Carroll, email: seamus.carroll@derbyshire.gov.uk or tel: 01629 538494.