Barnsley Council has allocated principal towns funding to Goldthorpe, Darfield, Grimethorpe, Mapplewell and Stairfoot, with further funding still to be awarded.
Principal Towns is a £5 million investment project set up to improve local economies in the surrounding areas and help local high streets thrive. The programme launched in April 2017 and will be running until March 2020.
The programme was implemented to ensure the benefits of economic regeneration are felt across the borough, with a dedicated investment programme to support community-led projects in the district town and village centres. The programme will see the council invest in community-led projects within Barnsley’s Principal Towns and local centres.
This week principal town funding was agreed for the following areas-
- Goldthorpe - £272,000 allocated for resurfacing and additional spaces to Whitworth Street Car Park, footway improvements to High Street, new signage, re-branding and improvements to canopy over shops.
- Darfield - £42,000 are allocated to Darfield for resurfacing of the church car park and additional funds for five shops to recreate the traditional look in line with the local conservation area.
- Grimethorpe - allocated £16,500 for improvements to existing planters, deep clean of High Street and new signage.
- Mapplewell - £100,000 allocated for the creation of a car park on wasteland at Spark Lane.
- Stairfoot - £52,450 allocated for new signage/Information Boards, improvements to existing wall and railings outside shops, improvements to gateways, park and a piece of artwork.
£2,173,663 has already been allocated to enable schemes in Athersley, Bolton on Dearne, Darton, Darfield, Goldthorpe, Grimethorpe, Mapplewell, Stairfoot and Thurnscoe to progress
They have included parking improvements, public art, security grants, new business start-up grants, highway improvements and public realm improvements.
A further £800,000 of spend was approved for the shop front scheme which offers local businesses a grant to improve their shop front in exchange for a 20% contribution from the business. Shop front grants are available in the following areas: Athersley, Cudworth, Darfield, Darton, Dodworth, Goldthorpe, Grimethorpe, Hoyland, Hoyland Common, Lundwood, Mapplewell, Royston, Stairfoot, Thurnscoe
Another £2,826,337 is yet to be allocated across the borough with proposals currently being worked on for approval.
Throughout this programme, the council is working with community organisations to shape and deliver projects focussed on developing a thriving high street and stimulating strong and resilient communities. It's hoped that, in addition to the council’s contribution, these exciting improvements will also encourage investment from the private sector and other funding streams to maximise income generation across the borough.
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: It is wonderful to see this money allocated amongst our communities for projects driven by them; which will help encourage investment bringing benefits for the people and businesses in district towns for years to come. Further funding is set to be allocated in 2019, more information can be found on our website barnsley.gov.uk/principaltowns. ”
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