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East Swindon | September 23, 2017

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Nythe Allotments to be used as Community Payback

Nythe Allotments to be used as Community Payback
Dale Heenan
  • On May 5, 2014
  • https://www.eastswindon.com

Following a meeting on Easter Saturday between representatives of Nythe Allotment Society, Cllr Dale Heenan and the Wiltshire Probation Service, the Probation Service has agreed that the new Nythe Allotments will be used as a Community Payback project.

Community Payback is an alternative to custody where a person undertakes Community Service for between 40 and 300 hours and they must wear a high visibility orange vest while working. If someone is unemployed then they must work 3 or 4 days a week or will be arranged for evenings and weekends if they have a job.

Community Payback is given to low and medium risk offenders. It is not a suitable sentence for high risk offenders.  Typical crimes are motoring offences, public order offences, theft and other dishonesty.

Cllr Dale Heenan, “The Probation Service have been very enthusiastic about helping the new Nythe Allotments by including the project in Community Payback, and their response to my request has been faultless.

The offenders will start the project by cutting back any overgrowth and clearing the site of any green waste and litter. They will then complete the physically demanding task of preparing the ground by manually rotovating the earth. The site is then returned to the Nythe Allotments Society who allocate the allotments to local people.

This will be physical and demanding work which is a visible punishment that will benefit the whole community.”