Payback orders are working

A TOTAL of 4759 hours of unpaid work were completed in January and February 2013 as part of community payback in Dumfries and Galloway.

Chair of Social Work Services, Councillor Andy Ferguson said, “Unpaid work is just one aspect of community payback orders. The orders are set by the courts and can be tailored to each offender.

“The hours of work carried out since the turn of the year cover a wide range of different tasks. I am sure that these projects help to make Dumfries and Galloway a better place to live. We had some good responses to our community consultation, but we are always happy to hear your suggestions for unpaid work. Phone 030 33 33 3000 and ask for Criminal Justice community workshop in either Dumfries or Stranraer.”

Among the projects com­pleted or underway are: Black­parks project to produce fruit and vegetables to distribute to local organisations in Stranraer; litterpicks in Stranraer court and Addaction car park; Galloway Community Hos­pital garden maintenance; beach cleans including Ardwall Bay, Port Logan, and Monreith to Port William.

The unpaid work represents the equivalent of £29,458.21.