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Gruelling campaign to clean up Chatham

Date: 27/08/2008           Category: Community Safety

Rubbish, rubble and weeds have been cleared from an estate in Chatham, during a massive clean-up campaign which was organised by Medway Council, Kent Probation Service and the local Neighbourhood Watch. 16 offenders under the supervision of Kent Probation's Community Payback Officers, residents and volunteers removed rubbish, including a burned out car, dumped fridges, car batteries, televisions and weeds from grassland in Spitfire Close, Princes Park, Chatham. The also cut back overgrown branches from trees and bushes and dug up weeds. Sarah Adelsberg, Kent Probation’s Area Manager of Interventions, said that in any given week her staff supervise around 1,000 offenders performing unpaid work as part of their community sentence. She said: “The clean up around Chatham is an excellent example of collaborative working with Medway Council and is just one example of how communities across Medway can benefit from the hard work carried out by offenders to pay back for their crimes.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Enforcement Cllr Rehman Chishti added: “This clean-up is a great example of community partnership working and demonstrates the excellent work that can be achieved to restore pride in a community.”