Work has started today on fencing off Penny Pie Park in preparation for the works needed to create the A628 Dodworth Road/Broadway improvement scheme to address congestion between M1 Junction 37 and the town centre.
Residents in the immediate area have been hand-delivered letters to notify them about the temporary closure of the park in preparation for the works, which will include:
- the creation of a new road through the existing green space, from Pogmoor Road railway bridge to a new junction on Dodworth Road
- the closure of existing Pogmoor Road at its junction with Dodworth Road
- the realignment and upgrade of Dodworth Road and Pogmoor Road
- the creation of a new access for the closed section of Pogmoor Road linking into Whitehill Avenue with access onto the revised Pogmoor Road
- the provision of new signalised toucan crossing facilities (for both pedestrian and cyclists) at Broadway junction, Dodworth Road-new road junction, Pogmoor Road-new road junction and Horizon Community College junction
- a new combined footpath/cycle path
- the creation of a new access to Horizon Community College
- new energy-saving street lighting
- re-design and renovation of Penny Pie Park to provide a new park layout that incorporates an enhanced children’s play area , with no less than eight items of play equipment, and would be designed to serve a substantial residential area with a minimum play zone of 1,000sqm; Relocation of some of the existing nature story trail; a new multi-use games; relocation of the outdoor gym
- landscape enhancements for loss of existing planting within Penny Pie Park, including the relocation of 15 trees, and planting of 64 semi-mature trees have been identified to replace the 60 trees that are to be removed meaning that there will be a minimum of 243 trees in Penny Pie Park after completion of the works
- Furthermore, enhancements will be provided at Pogmoor and Sugden’s Recreation Grounds located nearby, which consist of the upgrade of the equipped children’s play at Sugden’s Recreation Ground and Pogmoor Recreation Ground will benefit from improved pedestrian access with provision of footpath, benches and dog fouling bins
- In addition, the delivery of a new footbridge, allowing people to cross between Penny Pie Park and Pogmoor playing field, subject to Network Rail and planning approval.
David Shepherd, Service Director for Regeneration and Culture, said: “For some time the council has explored options to ease existing congestion and improve air quality along Dodworth Road.
“Plans for the scheme were approved at a Planning Regulatory Board meeting on 18 December 2018 and will deliver a long-term solution that will provide enough capacity for the current volume of traffic as well as accommodating the future business and housing growth aspirations of Barnsley.
“We anticipate that the scheme works will take over a year to deliver as we need to factor in the timing of the landscaping and tree planting to make sure that this takes place during the planting season to maximise survival rates.
“We thank residents for your cooperation and patience whilst we deliver the scheme and we will try and keep inconvenience to a minimum.”
The scheme is being funded from a combination of Sheffield City Region funding and the council’s own capital resources.
More information about the proposed scheme, including all background information and answers to a number of frequently asked questions can be found on the dedicated webpage.