RESIDENTS have praised Community Payback for the work done to improve steps that had become treacherous due to mud and leaves.
The steps are cut into a bank in Bolton, Hunger Hill. They had become slippy and several people had complained to Councillor Chris Wild about their condition.
She raised the issue with Bolton Council, who have a long-standing agreement with the Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company (CGM CRC) to pass on jobs that are suitable to Community Payback teams.
Community Payback is a punishment made by the courts that is supervised by CGM CRC. Offenders can be sentenced from 60 to 300 hours for a range of crimes.
Cllr Wild said: “The residents are delighted with the work that was carried out.
“Residents said the Community Payback team has done a good job and have thanked them. They are being praised for a job well done!”
Mark Pimblett, one of CGM CRC’s Community Payback supervisors, lead a group of five men who cleaned the steps and dug a small trench as a temporary measure to facilitate drainage.
He said: “I am delighted the people who carried out Community Payback have been praised for their efforts.
“A resident came out to thank us while we were actually doing the job, and the men really appreciated that because it makes all the difference when they know that their actions are applauded.
“Community Payback helps people learn new skills and feel they are giving something positive back into society.”
Bolton Council notified CGM CRC about the residents’ concerns and the steps, which are located on Bolton Road in Hunger Hill.
Mark said: “We have a good relationship with the council. We responded quickly and were able to get the job done.
“We also realised that water was coming from the bank and making a mess of the steps, and so dug a couple of trenches that will provide a temporary solution to the drainage problem.”
CGM CRC supervises offenders carrying out Community Payback across Cheshire and Greater Manchester, and completes more than half a million hours of beneficial work for the community on an annual basis – work which otherwise would not get done.
People can nominate Community Payback projects for consideration for completion. For more information, please click this link.