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
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