Thornton’s councillors have taken part in a “Freshview” event designed by the local authority to improve Lambeth.
About a dozen supervised young offenders donned overalls and repainted iron railings surrounding the Weir Estate next to Agnes Riley Gardens.
Councillors Ed Davie, Diana Morris and Lib Peck talked to the young people and the council staff carrying out the work and thanked them for their efforts.
Weir Estate Resident Association chair Dave McEvoy also joined the group and made a brief speech to pass on the gratitude of local people for the hard work that was making a contribution to improving the area.
Ed said: “This is a great scheme that uses constructive, helpful activity to help young people learn from their mistakes rather than lock them up at great expense and for little gain. We are grateful to them for their efforts and hope they feel they have done something worthwhile certainly local people like Dave think so and have thanked them.
“I’m sure that if the young people feel valued and that people care about them and their community they will be less likely to commit crime in the future.”