PRISONERS could be used to revamp allotments.
The governor of Huntercombe Prison is to be sent a request by Sonning Common Parish Council for suitable inmates to carry out the work as part of their rehabilitation prior to release.
Parish councillor Colin Reynolds, who has worked at the category C prison in Nuffield for 10 years, said there were about 60 prisoners who were eligible.
He said he and parish clerk Philip Collings had visited the allotments in Horsepond Road, Gallowstree Common, and found one area which was “ideal for a prisoner work party”.
Cllr Reynolds added: “We will put together a letter from the parish council and send it to the governor, highlighting the allotments.”
He said prisoners could only be released once a temporary licence had been granted, which took 28 days.
Councillor John Stoves said having prisoners working on community projects was an “excellent idea”.