Disused railway land transformed into new community space in Goldthorpe

Barnsley Council is pleased to announce that an area of disused railway land in Goldthorpe that was blighted by fly-tipping will open as a new community space on Friday 20 September for residents to enjoy.

As the driving force behind the project to revitalize the area, the Dearne Area Council Team set up the Railway Embankment Group in Goldthorpe to spearhead the project.

From this, hundreds of volunteers have worked hard over the past two years to clear fly-tipping and improve habitats for plants and wildlife at Goldthorpe Railway Cuttings.

The work has paved the way for a picnic area, an orchard, bedding boxes, a weatherboard, a compost heap and bird viewing platforms for residents to enjoy. The regeneration of the site has created an inspiring space, suitable for education and activities, creating a community hub within Goldthorpe.

The support from residents, Twiggs , community groups,  Barnsley Council, Network Rail, elected members, Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership and local landlords highlights the community spirit demonstrated in this project and the dedication to building a better Barnsley through our resilient communities.

The project received funding from the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP), Section 106, Barnsley Bond, Tesco, Big Local, Network Rail and the Dearne Area Council to support environmental projects within the area.  

The partnership working has allowed a once disused site to become a sustainable attraction in Barnsley. Each volunteer group and local service or school has been assigned an area of the cuttings to use and maintain, which will benefit generations to come.

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “The opening of the new Goldthorpe Railway Cuttings will mark a momentous day for everyone involved.

“The space is now a wonderful neighbourhood resource for community groups and school children to use, and it’s all thanks to the hard work of our project partners, volunteers and local schools who have dedicated hours to transforming the site over the last couple of years.”

Residents are invited to the opening from 10 am at Goldthorpe Railway Cuttings, Barnsley Road, S63 9AE.

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit. We’re committed to working together, making our borough a cleaner, safer, more vibrant and welcoming place. You can #OwnIt by getting involved in your local community.

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