Lincoln Green play area restored thanks efforts of offenders on Community Payback

Lincoln Green play area restored thanks efforts of offenders on Community Payback image

Lincoln Green, is being used by children and local residents again after offenders working on Community Payback have completely revived the parkland.

Community Payback in Leeds is managed by the West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) in partnership with Leeds City Council, and aims to rehabilitate offenders through working on projects that benefit the community.

At Lincoln Green offenders have worked to cutback over-grown weeds, brambles and undergrowth and have revived the tennis courts and playing fields which are now being used by local residents.

The work, which is estimated to be worth more than £12,000, also saw offenders replanting flower beds and re-seeding lawns.

Cllr Debra Coupar, executive member for communities, said: “The feedback from residents has been very positive. Our work in partnership with West Yorkshire CRC helps to make our neighbourhoods peaceful, safe and pleasant areas to live.”

Andrew Evans, placement coordinator at West Yorkshire CRC, said: “Community Payback is a punishment for breaking the law but it is also a way for those on probation to learn new skills and to support their rehabilitation.”

The Community Payback scheme works across a wide range of projects in the community in West Yorkshire renovating community gardens, parks, church yards and schools.

Martin Davies, chief executive of HLNY CRC, said: “Community Payback schemes like the one delivered in Leeds provide a means by which people on probation learn new skills to support their future employment prospects and can be seen to be making a positive contribution to society and the community in which they live as part of their rehabilitation.”

*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.