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Update: January 2017

The Community Payback teams have been working with our Grounds Staff throughout the winter period at Kingshill Cemetery and Allotments, the War Memorial Recreational Ground and Highfields Play Area.

The works at the cemetery and allotments have included clearing and edging the pathways, digging over the unused allotments and other routine maintenance.

The most recent works at the WMRG has been the installation of the new pedestrian gate on the Rednock Drive entrance (near the Community Centre).

At Highfields the gang cleared graffiti from the play ground equipment and re-dug the drainage track and cleaned the grill which had filled in with natural debris.

The cleared drain and grill at Highfields Play Area.

The Town Council have recently entered into a partnership deal with the Community Payback team to tackle maintenance and improvements works across the town one day a week.

When the courts give someone a sentence to be served in the community then as part of the their punishment they will often be required to carry out a period of unpaid work, which can total up to 300 hours. This work is organised and managed by the Community Payback team.

The Town Council have a list of projects and maintenance works at Kingshill cemetery, St Marks churchyard and across the town. The team have started at the War Memorial Recreation Ground where they cleared out the debris, soil from the base of the hedge, uncovering over a foot of pavement in some places over the last two weeks. So far they have filled two skips with waste material.

Paul Wainwright, the Gloucestershire Community Payback team manager said "Community Payback are delighted to be working in partnership with Dursley TC. We have a commitment to delivering unpaid work in the community where offenders can benefit from a variety of tasks that will ultimately teach them new skills and improve the appearance of the town".

Upcoming projects will include installing new gates to the "Rec" on Kingshill Road and Rednock Drive; cleaning and painting of bus shelters and benches across the town, maintenance works at the cemetery and assisting the Dursley In Bloom team prior to this year's judging in July.

More information on Community Payback can be found on the link below.