As a member of the Welwyn & Hatfield Community Safety Partnership, BeNCH has been able to work alongside the other CSP members to quickly tackle a local problem.
The Alban Way is a disused railway track which has been turned into a footpath connecting Hatfield to the Cathedral City of St Albans. It is well used and appreciated by local residents and yet it also become a problem area in Hatffield. The Community Safety Partnership had become aware of it becoming untidy with dumped rubbish and problematic with rough sleeping and other social problems.
Co-ordinated by Chrystalla Karvella, the Community Safety Partnership organised a mini environmental action day. This brought together Welwyn & Hatfield Council, Police, Fire & Resuce, Serco, University of Hertfordshire and a Community Payback team from BeNCH.
Over 1.5 tonnes!
A group of our Community Payback service users teamed up with the CSP partners in having a briefing about the task. Within no time they were pulling all kinds of rubbish and litter from the undergrowth eitherside of the Albans Way. Everything from empty food packaging, furniture to a broken lawn mower totalling over 1.5 tonnes of rubbish which were removed from the area in a day’s work.
This is an excellent example of local agencies working together. Lee Warren, an experienced Community Payback supervisor said “It’s one of those places where you can spend a lot of time working. As soon as we do it, it’s back. Once we have a good clear up, it’s not as bad or as noticeable”.
Community Payback is a very visible sentence. Service users who have found themselves sentenced to a specific number of hours of unpaid work, wear high-viz jackets on most projects and work in local communities to repay their debt to society. If you would like to know more, please click this link