High street cleaning and maintenance improvements to be discussed

Extra investment in the upkeep of high streets in Barnsley Town Centre and Principal Towns is due to be approved by Cabinet next week.

A range of street furniture improvements including new bins, as well as refurbishment or replacement of benches, bollards, lampposts and CCTV posts where needed are included in a report to be presented to Cabinet on Thursday 21 October.

The report also includes appointing two extra cleaning teams, with one to cover the extended evening hours in the town centre between 6pm and 11pm, and another to cover the Principal Towns which include Cudworth, Goldthorpe, Hoyland, Penistone, Royston and Wombwell. This also supports the ambitions of the Principal Towns and Local Centres Investment Programme, which was approved by Cabinet on 6 October and consultation on this will begin shortly.

The proposals also include investment in additional security guards or Town Centre Wardens to help reduce antisocial behaviour, as well as investment in deep cleaning equipment in order to maintain our natural stone paving, and it sets out a cycle for how this will be maintained over the long term. 

Cllr Pauline McCarthy, Cabinet Support Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We’re all absolutely delighted with the way our new town centre looks, and we’ve also seen some fantastic improvements on our local high streets as part of our Principal Towns programme which has seen hundreds of shop fronts transformed.

“We’re now making sure we have the right resources in place at the right time to keep our high streets looking their best for us to all enjoy in the years ahead.”

You can read the full cabinet report here.

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