New Town Square for the Heart of Goldthorpe

Work begins next week on the exciting development of a new town square in Goldthorpe as part of the £23.1m Towns Fund investment.

The Heart of Goldthorpe project is one of the five main Towns Fund projects. It will be the heart of the community and a place for people to linger, relax, socialise and find peace.

The works will include hard and soft landscaping with curved planting beds, informal seating and contrasting paving patterns where children might play. There will be an area for reflection and a space which will host the new market. It will also host a variety of community events.

Views from local residents and businesses have helped shape the design of the new square. Architects looked at feedback following several face-to-face consultations on the site and in the library, and through an online survey.

We have now appointed N T Killingley Ltd to carry out the works. They will begin setting up the site on Monday 5 June with preparations for the work continuing throughout June.

Paving, edgings and Market Stall bases will be fitted throughout July and the planters will be installed in August. Planting and the fitting of benches is planned for the end of August. It is hoped all work will be completed by September.

Towns Fund investment in Goldthorpe, Thurnscoe and Bolton upon Dearne supports Barnsley Council’s investment work in Principal Towns and Local Centres which is helping local high streets thrive across the borough.

Matthew Stephens, Acting Chairperson of the Goldthorpe Town Board which is overseeing the Towns Fund projects, said: “Through Towns Fund investment we’re working together to create a thriving community where people can choose to live, invest and excel. Projects have been drawn up in response to local people’s priorities following consultation with local communities.

“It’s really exciting to see the Heart of Goldthorpe project getting underway. This is going to be a really high-quality square local people will enjoy using and will help give a lift to the wider town centre.

“This is just one of five key projects we’ve been able to fund through this once-in-a-generation investment, and I know local people will be impressed when they see this work completed.”

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