Councillor: offenders should clean up our streets
A CITY councillor wants people given Community Payback orders by the courts to clear up the streets in her ward.
"We have a major issue at Plympton St Maurice with litter in the streets, in the park and also outside the shops and quite frankly it's appalling," Cllr Terri Beer said.
"It saddens me to see an area were I grew up looking so bad and covered with litter."
The Plympton Erle Conservative councillor wrote to council director Anthony Payne, saying: "We should ask the Probation Service to supply people who have been given community punishment orders with unpaid work to help clean up litter from our streets or target areas were there are issues with litter.
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"I know the Probation Service is struggling to find work for these people and I feel sure that litter issues would be one way of them giving something back.
"I feel sure that when there are areas of overgrowth that are untidy these people could assist and mean we get jobs done quicker.
"I think it would be welcomed across the city and save already stretched budgets. Let's hope this doesn't fall on deaf ears."
A Plymouth City Council spokesperson said: "Council officers are providing advice and guidance on the potential use of what is known as the Community Payback scheme and how this could be helpful, not only here but across other areas in the city.
"Community Payback is managed by the Probation Service which sees offenders undertaking work that will benefit the local community, such as litter removal."