Eyesore Alleyways Cleared by Community Payback Offenders
Offenders in Eastbourne cleared eyesore alleyways in the town centre as part of Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust's Community Payback scheme.
Community Payback involves offenders working unpaid as part of their punishment from the courts. SSPT works closely with local residents' groups, the police and Eastbourne Borough Council in seeking work projects that will benefit the local community.
Residents in the Addingham Road and Cambridge Road area of the town had complained that a network of alleyways in the area had become dumping grounds for fly-tippers, were overgrown and unsafe to use. A group of eight offenders spent Wednesday 9 November getting rid of the weeds and rubbish.
Eastbourne Mayor Carolyn Heaps had been due to spend the day with the Community Payback team but had to postpone due to illness. Cllr Heaps said: "I have been very impressed with the work that Surrey & Sussex Probation Trust does in helping offenders carry out their sentences in an organised and productive way. They make a real difference in Eastbourne, working closely with the council on numerous projects."