Rehabilitation scheme needs Berwick projects

It has emerged there are not enough opportunities in the Berwick area for offenders who have been given rehabilitation orders.

Tuesday, 12th June 2018, 9:03 am
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The community rehabilitation company for Northumbria has individuals performing community payback in Berwick, but is suffering from a dearth of suitable opportunities.

Community payback is unpaid work like removing graffiti, clearing wasteland or decorating public places and buildings such as a community centre.

The community rehabilitation company has approached Berwick Town Council and Northumberland County Council as potential partners who can nominate manual work suitable for its clients to undertake.

It would not see the community payback group substituting for work the county council would routinely undertake, which could include the use of power tools, strimmers and mowers.

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An example of work which has been suggested is weed suppression and undergrowth cutting around the coastal path at Magdalene Fields.

Town councillors are being asked to indicate if they are happy with the notion of the community payback group performing work on projects nominated by the county council and the town council together, via the local services board.