Barnsley Council’s Cabinet has approved the award of the main works contract for the A628 Dodworth Road/Broadway improvement scheme.
Cabinet members were presented with an update on a number of additional improvements to complement the scheme, and members supported the revised costs for further work to minimise the impact on the local environment and residents.
The scheme, approved in July 2018, requires some work to take place on Penny Pie Park, off Dodworth Road. The council has included a range of improvements within the project and additional work, which is included in the updated scheme costs:
- Brand-new and enhanced children’s play area - will be coordinated by the council alongside the appointed contractor to provide a safe play area for residents to enjoy.
- New multi-use games area - will be installed as part of the future works.
- Relocation of the outdoor gym - this has now been removed and will be installed in a new location.
- Relocation of the existing multi-use games area - the equipment has been fully refurbished, resized and relocated to Church View Road, Penistone.
- Relocation of the climbing frame - this has also been refurbished and installed at Merrill Road, Thurnscoe.
- Relocation of the double bay swings - these have been installed at Carrfield Recreation Ground, Goldthorpe.
- Relocation of other spring, bouncy toddler equipment – these items have been relocated to Scholars Gate play area, Royston.
Improvements to parks/open spaces and tree preservation
Significant work to Pogmoor Recreation Ground and Sugden’s Recreation Ground, Stocks Lane, has been led by the council parks services, including the planting of thirty native species trees at Pogmoor Recreation Ground in February 2020.
A new flexi-pave footpath on Pogmoor Recreation Ground between St. Owens Drive and Glendale Close has also been installed, along with a new storage unit placed on the site for the football team. Bulb planting will also take place, along with a new footpath and banking, which will be complete by Autumn 2020.
Sugden’s Recreation Ground on Stocks Lane will be upgraded and has an additional five new pieces of equipment to be complete in Summer 2021.
The council have already made extensive plans around tree preservation as part of the scheme back in 2019.
Ground stabilisation works have also been required following the detailed ground investigation, which is now complete.
Overall costs for the project also include the extensive security measures which were required to secure the Penny Pie Park site in order to protect employees and residents.
Costs based on estimates, for a noise insulation scheme for fifty-six nearby properties were also included in the report to Cabinet.
A Barnsley Council spokesperson said: “This is a welcome update to see that the project is still progressing well, with a huge amount of work taking place to enhance the local area alongside the planned road improvements and we can now award the main works contract for the project.
“The revised costs come as a result of all this work to enhance and make further improvements to parks and open spaces in the area, along with the ground stabilisation, and the additional actions we will take in terms of the noise insulation scheme.
“Short-term budget adjustments will provide successful delivery of the scheme, which is vital for our longer-term vision for the borough up to 2030 and beyond. We need to reduce traffic congestion in this area, provide better connectivity for our residents, improve access to our growing town centre, and help to support wider business growth.”
Find out more about this project at barnsley.gov.uk/keyprojects