Community payback team a big help after Stonehaven floods

The unpaid work team from Aberdeenshire Council’s criminal justice social work service have helped their local community by clearing pavements and walkways at sheltered housing complexes in Stonehaven worst affected by the recent flooding.

The unpaid work team were out in force last Sunday (December 16) helping Stonehaven residents to clear debris left behind after water washed through coastal parts of the town.

The team – fulfilling ‘Community Payback Orders’ issued by courts in Scotland - collectively clocked up 50 hours of work removing debris from pavements and walkways in and around the town’s Turner’s Court and Hanover Court.

Some Stonehaven residents moved out of their properties during the storm which caused flooding to the area and the large amount of shingle and other debris brought in by the floods caused significant damage in and around the seafront.

Under supervision from council staff, the unpaid work team helped to restore access routes for many older residents. Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee, Councillor Karen Clark, said: “The value of the work done by the unpaid work team in Stonehaven must be commended. This is an example of the type of work that can be carried out, and ensures the scheme does exactly what it says – pays back to the community.”