Offenders clear nearly 15 tonnes in Safer 6 campaign

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Roslyn Close path before and after

Supervised offenders doing unpaid Community Payback cleared nearly 15 tonnes of rubbish from Sandwell’s neighbourhoods as part of the Safer 6 campaign.

Figures out today reveal offenders carried out a total of 817 hours during the six-week campaign, removing 14.96 tonnes.

Sandwell Council’s estate maintenance team works with Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company to get offenders cleaning up sites.

Places where offenders worked during campaign were as follows:

Oldbury:

  • Cleared dumped rubbish from a passageway/communal area on the Lion Farm estate and cut back an overgrown area at an old allotment site in Beeches Road

Perry Park Road before and after

Rowley Regis:

  • Cleared overgrown bushes in Perry Park Road, tidied up an area by garages at Falcon Place and helped at a major community tidy-up at Mousesweet Brook Nature Reserve

Smethwick:

  • Cleared rubbish, fly-tipping, moss and weeds at the side and rear access paths in Roslyn Close, to make them safer to use

Tipton:

  • Cleared rubbish and overgrown areas at Upper Church Lane open space, and joined councillors, neighbourhood officers and police cleaning up Fred Perry Walkway

Wednesbury:

  • Cleared overgrown shrubs at the pedestrian underpass and cycle route in Dudley Street, to make it safer for people to use

West Bromwich:

  • Cleared dumped rubbish and overgrown areas at the Harwood Street to Mason Street walkway and Wood Lane garage site, and cleared dumped rubbish and overgrown areas at Wallface, Hill Top, on the West Bromwich/Wednesbury border

Mousesweet Brook before and after

Councillor Elaine Costigan, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for public health and protection, said: “Through the Community Payback scheme, residents can see offenders serving their sentences, carrying out clean-up projects that benefit our towns and neighbourhoods.

“I would like to thank our estate maintenance team and Staffordshire and West Midlands CRC for making this happen.”

The council’s estate maintenance team, neighbourhood officers, Litterwatch, volunteers, councillors, Serco and other partners also held clean-ups and litter-picks at places across Sandwell for the campaign.

More info on Safer 6 campaign at the Safer 6 webpage