Huge £23.1m investment in the Dearne Valley approved

An exciting and ambitious £23.1m investment in the future of Goldthorpe, Thurnscoe and Bolton upon Dearne has been approved by the government.

The money will be used to help attract jobs and economic investment to the area, improve the local street scene and attractiveness of the High Street, improve local housing and develop better transport links.

Together these investments will jumpstart Goldthorpe’s role as a growth catalyst for the Dearne Valley and a thriving community where people choose to live, invest and excel.

In November 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) launched the £3.6bn Towns Fund to drive long-term economic growth and productivity.

Towns Fund Board for Goldthorpe was established consisting of councillors, members of the community and local business leaders, who have created a Town Investment Plan which was approved by Barnsley Council’s Cabinet in December.

Wednesday’s budget announcement confirmed funding of £23.1m for the Goldthorpe Town Investment Plan which centres on four key themes which were agreed by the Board following consultation with the local community. They are:

  • Growing Goldthorpe
  • Connecting Goldthorpe
  • Developing Goldthorpe
  • Placemaking Goldthorpe

Derek Bramham, chairperson of the Goldthorpe Town Board, said: “We have incredibly high ambitions for Goldthorpe, Thurnscoe and Bolton upon Dearne as we strive to make it a place more people want to live, work, shop and invest.

“We’ve worked closely with the community as we’ve brought together this Town Investment Plan for the Dearne Valley and with this announcement, we now know for sure we can deliver it and that it will have an enormous and positive impact on communities in the Dearne for years to come.

“Not only does it provide a basis for Goldthorpe to realise its growth potential, but it will be a strong platform to secure future complementary investment into the area and be a huge catalyst for growth and employment.”

Chief Executive of Barnsley Council Sarah Norman said: “We know people in the Dearne Valley are proud of their local area, and the Town Investment Plan for Goldthorpe has been pulled together following consultation with local people about how we make it an even better place to live.

“I’m thrilled that we’re now able to deliver some of the key improvements they told us they would like to see.”

Leader of Barnsley Council, Sir Steve Houghton CBE, said: “We’re delighted to welcome this much-needed funding for the Dearne Valley. We’ve been working on this for more than a year with local people and businesses, and we’re pleased all that work has been recognised by the government.

“It is less than we had asked for, yet we know through working with the private sector, the South Yorkshire Combined Authority, as well as our own investment as a council, the total value of this investment will be significantly higher.  

“The Town Investment Plan for Goldthorpe gives us a once in a generation opportunity to make really meaningful changes that will positively impact the lives of local people. It’s a hugely exciting project and shows Barnsley Council’s ongoing commitment to the Dearne.”

For more information see our Key Projects webpage here.

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