Farview Fishing Lakes, a popular attraction near Bingley, West Yorkshire has benefited from the support and work of offenders on Community Payback with West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC).
The teams on CP have worked at Farview for a number of months under the supervision of Neil Robinson, CP supervisor for the Bradford area.
Their efforts have been praised Farview which said: “Since Neil and his teams on probation have been coming to work with us at Far Views Fishing Lakes, we have seen an improvement in the aesthetics of the whole property with regular upkeep of maintenance work.
“The upkeep in the appearance of the site ensure that all members of the public visiting the lakes benefit from the team’s input and their work certainly does not go unnoticed as we receive compliments from many members of the public. From this feedback that we have, we feel as though this work is truly valued not just be us, but by all those who come to enjoy the lakes.”
The work carried out by the Community Payback teams included strimming the expansive area of grassland around both lakes; cutting back bushes and shrubs; repairs to fending; laying hardcore for tracks to and around the lakes and maintenance of the parking area.
Farview said: “At Farview Fishing Lakes, we pride ourselves on having a clean and safe environment for all our customers and Neil and the probation team contribute greatly to this. Their work is very much appreciated and we hope that we can continue to work with Neil an his team well into the future.”
West Yorkshire CRC, which is responsible for supervising offenders on Community Payback and ensuring they comply with their sentence. and the orders of the court, delivered 92,238 hours in the past six months.
Those ordered to take on unpaid Community Payback work participate in a range of manual tasks, including removing graffiti, litter picking, clearing parks and cemeteries, renovating buildings and work in charity shops.
People can also be sentenced to intensive Community Payback orders, which mean they must complete 28 hours of work every week.
Farview Fishing Lakes are purpose-built fishing lakes set in attractive countryside in the Bradford area that provides the perfect setting for a days’ fishing. The lakes are heavily stocked with many varieties of carp, many of which have grown in recent years. There are also extensive stocks of chub, barbel, roach, tench, bream and golden orfe.
*The Community Payback Team in West Yorkshire would like to hear about other projects which residents think will make a real difference to their community. Nominate a project for Community Payback