>> 20 December 2010

Peterhead North & Rattray councillor Anne Allan and Peterhead South & Cruden councillor Stephen Smith have welcomed the use of offenders to clear snow in the town as part of community service orders.

Over the weekend, offenders given community service orders have been clearing snow at the Accident & Emergency entrance at Peterhead Community Hospital, the town’s Health Centre and various sheltered housing complexes in Peterhead.

Commenting, SNP councillor Anne Allan said:

I’m pleased to see that community service orders are being called in and used in a way which provides very real and immediate benefits to the whole community, particularly the elderly and vulnerable.

“In these extreme weather conditions, there can never be too many hands helping to lighten the load and make the streets safer so this is a very worthwhile use of community service orders.”

Her SNP colleague Stephen Smith added:

I know from my own efforts in recent days that this is hard work so anything which takes the burden off NHS staff or sheltered housing staff and frees them up for essential duties has got to be welcomed.

“I’m advised that over 40 offenders have been clearing snow across Aberdeenshire during December and this is exactly the sort of community benefit that I want to see being made more use of when it comes to handling community service orders.”

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