Mayor and Mayoress of Barrow visit Probation
23rd November 2011
The Mayor of Barrow, Councillor John Murphy and his wife Eleanor visited Barrow Probation Office today to meet the staff and find out more about the work of Probation in South Cumbria.
As part of the visit the Mayor and Mayoress visited a Community Payback Project on Walney Island. The project at Mill Lane Wildlife and Conservation Area commenced in 2008 as a joint initiative with the friends of Walney Community Group. Mr Alan Docker, chairman of the group requested help from the Community Payback teams to clear up the rubbish and debris from around the pond.
Following the big clean up, funding was secured to enable footpaths, picnic areas and a viewing platform to be constructed. The furniture was made of recyclable materials by a company based in Cheshire and then constructed and installed by offenders on Community Payback at the time.
Since the commencement of this project the Community Payback teams have ensured that the area is maintained and have also improved the access to the area and the footpaths around the conservation area. The area has been subject to a number of incidents of vandalism and criminal damage over the years. Offenders on Community Payback regularly return to the site to repair any damage caused and bring the area back to a standard that the local community can enjoy.
During the visit to this project, Councillor Murphy praised the Community Payback Scheme saying, "it provides a fantastic service to the community. In reality, this work would simply not get done if it weren't for Community Payback. Areas such as this one on Mill Lane would not remain in a fit state for members of the public to enjoy. The community wins as a result. It also gives those on the Community Payback Scheme the opportunity to put something back into their local area."
More photographs of the Mill Lane Wildlife and Conservation area are on our facebook site - click on the link below.
More photographs of the project