Construction industry returning to work across Barnsley

About half of the major construction sites across Barnsley which closed in response to Coronavirus lockdown measures have gone back to work with more sites due to return in the coming days.

Barnsley Council officers have been performing inspections at commercial and residential developments across the borough to assist in making sure work can be carried out safely.

Social distancing measures are in place at all sites which are working, which include a number of housing developments as well as the major Glass Works project in the town centre and other commercial projects.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Barnsley Council’s Cabinet Spokesman for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “Keeping people safe will always be the number one priority. However where it is safe to do so, helping make sure people can do their jobs and that our economy is supported is also a hugely important priority.

“It is very encouraging to see so much construction work going on across the borough, and in a safe and controlled way. Some truly excellent working practices can be seen on our building sites as construction workers adapt and find new ways to work safely and as efficiently as possible while maintaining social distance.

“We all have a role to play in protecting each other from the virus. I’d like to thank all construction workers, whether they are working on private or public sector projects, for playing their part while keeping Barnsley moving.”

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