CHARD NEWS: Offenders putting in the time to tidy up the town

CHARD NEWS: Offenders putting in the time to tidy up the town

CRIMINALS are continuing to put their efforts into tidying up Chard’s town centre as part of repaying their debt to society as a result of their crimes.

Offenders are supervised and carrying out a range of tasks in and around the town as part of a Community Payback scheme – better known to most people as “community service.”

Chard Town Council’s outdoor services manager, Steve Saunders, said: “The Community Payback initiative remains a valued asset carrying out unpaid work in the town to support the outdoor services team.

“Work includes collecting excessive litter, painting, removing graffiti and clearing footpaths.”

The scheme has been operated for a number of years in Chard and has worked as a partnership between the council and the Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company.

Unpaid work has been a punishment option available to courts for more than 40 years and is operated as part of the National Probation Service.

Mr Saunders said that the Community Payback team had been kept busy in January removing moss from footpaths in the town.

His report will go before Chard Town Council's Guildhall and amenities committee on Monday (February 5, 2018).