Purchase of former Wombwell toilets completed as part of high street improvements

The transformation of Wombwell town centre has taken another big step forward with the purchase and proposed demolition of disused public toilets.

Barnsley Council has completed the legal process required to buy the facilities on Wombwell High Street, which will be demolished to make way for further improvements to the public realm.

A planning application is being prepared for the removal of the toilet block, which will be the latest step in our work to refresh and declutter the high street as part of our Principal Towns programme.

Works so far completed include pavement improvements to both sides of the high street, road resurfacing, new seating, litter bins and planters, levelling sunken paving and painting barriers and lamp posts.

Cllr Robin Franklin, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “Completing this purchase is another key step forward in our improvements to Wombwell town centre.

“It is the last piece of the puzzle in creating a decluttered, attractive high street with open sight lines across the precinct.

“We’ve already made changes to enhance the shopping experience for local residents and visitors to Wombwell and our plans to demolish the disused public toilet and further improve the public realm will continue this process.”

Improving Wombwell High Street to make it a more welcoming and attractive place to work and shop is part of Barnsley Council's investment work in Principal Towns and Local Centres, which is helping local high streets thrive across the borough.

Our photo shows Wombwell councillors Cllrs James Higginbottom, Robert Frost and Brenda Eastwood in Wombwell High Street with the disused toilets in the background.

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