YOUNG offenders should be drafted in to help clean up the town's eyesores, say Labour councillors in Kirklees.
Labour group leader Clr Mehboob Khan said young offenders who had been given community service orders by the courts could benefit from the work too.
Skills training and education could be incorporated into the work to help prevent the youngsters from re-offending.
Clr Khan has written to the council's leisure services department asking them to liaise with the probation service and youth offending team about the idea.
The suggestions were prompted by one of the residents in his ward, Barbara Waite, of Fartown, who gave him details of young offenders undertaking projects to improve allotment sites in Sheffield.
The council's highways service has already used young offenders this year to improve the Fartown/Bradley Greenway, a cycle path and walkway. Other projects already carried out include young offenders working alongside elderly Asian people on Kirklees' allotments, clearing wooded areas in Gomersal to improve access to a council estate and renovating toilets in Mirfield.
Clr Khan hopes cleaning up Huddersfield's eyesores could become a regular practice.
"Young offenders convicted of vandalism, petty crime and anti- social behaviour could carry out their community punishment placement alongside Kirklees leisure services officers.
"As well as providing work for community punishment orders it aims to stop youngsters committing crime by building their confidence and improving skills through training and work experience."
Margaret Ambler, the probation service's community service manager for Kirklees, said offenders already took part in regular clean-up operations as part of their community service.
But she said a new enhanced community punishment scheme had been launched, which would incorporate skills training and education as well as hard work. The scheme in Sheffield is part of this new initiative.
"This takes the traditional concept of punishing offenders by making them give things back to communities, and extends it to give offenders the chance to learn new skills and adopt new attitudes," she said.
"The best way to break a habit of re-offending is to get people into employment - so a priority of ours is to run community punishment projects that make this more likely.
"We also like to make offenders realise the effect that their crimes have on people's lives.
"It is nice to know that our local councillors are enthusiastic about these aims and can see the benefit of this type of punishment."
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