Brighton’s seafront railings are due for a makeover using community service labour. A marathon painting session will start on Monday 5 July.
For the next two weeks, ex-offenders working through Surrey & Sussex Probation Trust's Community Payback scheme will be painting the railings between the piers.
The area was painted last year by volunteer hoteliers. Their key aim was to touch up rust spots caused by winter weather. This second phase of work will build on this filling in gaps as they work eastwards from the Sea Life Centre towards Kemp Town .
The operation will involve 88 people, including council staff, working for 748 hours.
Council leader Mary Mears said, “We’re having a big push so the railings are looking good in time for the start of the school summer holidays.
“The hoteliers did a fantastic job last year over three days, and this year we’re going even further thanks to tremendous support from the probation service which is providing a workforce for two weeks to help us get the city looking its best.”
Surrey & Sussex Probation Trust director of interventions Arthur Wing said, "This is the third time offenders have been used to paint the seafront railings and it's great that they are able to make amends for their crimes in such a highly-visible and positive way - making the city look better in time for another busy tourist season."
If you know of a community project or local eyesore that could benefit from free labour under Community Payback visit www.surreysussexprobation.gov.uk and make a nomination online.
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