Community Payback winner revealed 

02/11/10
Old Railway Cutting
Old Railway Cutting, off Deane Church Lane, will be cleaned up

A railway cutting is to get an overhaul after being voted the winner in Bolton’s Community Payback scheme.

Members of the public were asked to vote between five different grot-spots during October and the Old Railway Cutting, off Deane Church Lane, came out the clear winner.

A total of 673 votes were casted, and the winning scheme attracted 60 per cent of the vote.

The scheme was launched last year and work is carried out by offenders on the programme, whose punishment involves reparation work within the community.

Voters could register their favourite scheme by ringing a dedicated telephone and chose from the site of the old Bridge Pub, Blackburn Road; the back of Bradford Street, Farnworth; the Old Railway Cutting off Deane Church Lane; the back field off Knutshaw Crescent and Fred’s Triangle opposite the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre on Radcliffe Road.

Work will now begin on clearing away rubbish, cutting back foliage, removing litter and flytipping to transform the area, off Deane Church Lane near to St Helen’s Road.

Offenders on the Community Payback programme will spend several days on the project, starting on November 15.

Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer, Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, said: “This year’s Community Payback voting scheme was really well received and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote.

“Community Payback makes sure offenders pay for what they have done and residents see that they are paying back for their crimes.

“The Old Railway Cutting is a worthy winner and the clean-up will boost the whole area.”

David Bowyer, Community Payback officer for the Greater Manchester Probation Trust, added: "We are delighted that so many people have voted on the projects they want offenders to tackle.

"There is a great deal of work to be done at Deane Church Lane and it will be a hard task to make it into a presentable area, but Community Payback is a punishment and it is fitting that the project will be demanding.

"While Deane Church received the most votes there's clearly a need for work to be done on the remaining four projects. The intention is that we will look at how feasible it is to ensure that over a period of time offenders will work on these as well."

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