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23rd March 2017

Community Payback Team In Salford Makes A Difference

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A Community Payback team that transformed an area of Salford has been praised by Salford Council after removing four tonnes of rubbish from an alleyway.

“The team have done a fantastic job and totally transformed this alleyway. They’ve put in three days of solid, hard work and were just as delighted as residents with the transformation. They should be very proud of themselves,” according to Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, 

Team supervisor Kevin Kershaw said: “It was hard, filthy graft. There were old carpets that had been dumped there and the refuse and vegetation was over a foot deep.

“There must have been 10 years of debris there and you would never have known there were benches, block paving and raised flower beds beneath it.”

The small garden with benches was created for elderly residents in the Weaste area to meet and chat. But it became a neglected eyesore and disappeared under a decade’s worth of rubbish.

The CP team cleared the site which was covered by overgrown brambles and shrubs, and rubbish left by fly-tippers.

“We’re delighted with the results in Salford.  This work is unpaid and demanding. It aims to give something back to local communities whilst giving the opportunity to repay the community for the wrong they have done. Clearly, our Community Payback teams are making a difference in the area,” said Nicola Pugh, Community Director (Manchester, Salford & Trafford), Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation  Company.