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Community Payback

Making a difference to residents in Ardsley

Barnsley Safer Forum agreed for a project in Ardsley for old fencing to be removed and new fencing erected.  They proposed the project to the Community Payback team who provided the labour and a total of £1500, was provided by the Community Support fund.

A local resident worked closely with the Unpaid Work Supervisor and the offenders.  The resident had daily contact with the offenders when they were on site and was very encouraging about the work they were undertaking.  A local land owner also agreed to work closely with Community Payback because of the benefit to his perimeter fence which was dangerous and needed replacing but this had not been done due to costs.

Offenders removed over 12 tons of earth which was recycled to Ardsley Bowling Club (another Payback project) not far away.  Offenders then marked out the fence line and began to fit the posts and gravel boards.  The path was then laid with gravel from a disused tennis court at no cost to the residents.  The team also renovated an old gas lamp turning the area from a neglected one to one the local community had pride in.

The difference this work has made to the community has been amazing.  Residents have been impressed by the standard of work produced by offenders and have said that they looked forward to seeing the same faces every week.  Residents have taken this work one step further and have planted flora around the newly fenced area.

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