Eyesore land gets a clean-up in Whitburn

Coun Tracey Dixon with the South Tyneside Homes' Handy Estates Team, and Lee Browell and Mark Skelton of South Tyneside's Youth Justice Service.

Coun Tracey Dixon with the South Tyneside Homes' Handy Estates Team, and Lee Browell and Mark Skelton of South Tyneside's Youth Justice Service.

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A community initiative has seen an eyesore in Whitburn cleared of overgrown bushes and litter.

The work to improve the land near garages and allotments at Highcroft Park involved strimming, hedge cutting and removal of brambles as well as a litter pick and pruning of the shrubbery.

South Tyneside Homes’ Handy Estates Team joined forces with South Tyneside Youth Justice Service’s Reparation Scheme to improve the overall appearance of the site at the request of local councillors.

It is just one of a number of project-based community improvements over recent months where the Handy Estates Team has supported young offenders to carry out work, from painting subways and litter picking to general clean-up operations.

As well as the benefits to communities, young offenders were given an insight into the role of the team.

They have also taken up the opportunity to learn new work-based skills to help with their rehabilitation and reduce the chances of them re-offending.

Whitburn and Marsden ward member, Coun Tracey Dixon, who is also Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety, said: “There had been some concerns raised from the local community about this piece of land.

“It looked in such a sorry state with overgrown brambles and litter strewn all around.

“We are pleased that this area has been cleared. It’s much better now and no longer looks like an eyesore.

“We would like to thank all those involved for the work they have done.

“This is a great example of teams working together to bring about benefits to the community.”