Councillors voted unanimously at a meeting on Thursday night to kickstart the project.
A three-month work placement with our Clean & Green Team will be trialled - and it could result in around 10 improvement projects being identified per year.
The debate can be viewed again on our YouTube channel here:
The range of work that can be carried out by offenders includes groundwork clearance, gardening, weeding and planting, landscaping, creating paths and fences, minor building work, repairing walls, as well as painting and decorating community venues.
The District Council's Director of Community & Environment, Ash Watts, told the meeting that councillors could put forward requests for work to be carried out in their wards, adding:
"This is work we could not undertake as part of our regular working pattern because we don't have the capacity.
"This is a positive step to addressing some of the issues Members have raised that we have not been able to deliver on in the past."
Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) runs Community Payback for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottingham and Rutland. The scheme is for offenders to undertake unpaid and supervised reparation work that benefits local communities.
Each offender is risk assessed and they work a specified number of hours - usually between 40 to 300.
CRC charge £150 per day to cover the cost of the supervisor and a minibus to transport the offenders to the location. CRC provide the tools to complete the works but the District Council would provide any materials required.
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