Payback time for probationers

Community Payback Project Officer for the Probation Service (left) with Brian Hamlin, Guinness Northern Counties' Community Investment Manager
Community Payback Project Officer for the Probation Service (left) with Brian Hamlin, Guinness Northern Counties' Community Investment Manager
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PROBATIONERS have put their community service to good work helping a housing association clear rundown open space on a Sheffield housing estate.

The land, at Castle Court, Park Hill, is leased from Sheffield Council by Guinness Northern Counties.

It has been plagued by anti-social behaviour such as fly-tipping and drug taking.

Now Guinness has teamed up with South Yorkshire Probation Trust to transform the space into a pleasant community amenity. The association bought an environmentally-friendly wood chipper to dispose of wood from cut-down shrubbery

Guinness community investment manager Brian Hamlin said: “We hope to transform this area of land over the coming weeks and months.

“The landscape will be tidied up and hundreds of bluebells and daffodils will be planted.”

South Yorkshire Probation Trust’s Steve Walker added: “We will be working on this project as part of the Community Payback scheme, through which offenders repay for their crimes by carrying out unpaid work.

“In South Yorkshire, over 260,000 hours of Community Payback are completed every year. This equates to approximately £1.5 million of free labour by offenders.”