Town centre spruced up by volunteers

A team of 24 volunteers participated in a clean-up event to make Barnsley town centre a better place on Wednesday 22 August.

Arranged by the Safer Neighbourhood Service, the team spent several hours giving the area on George Yard and Hanson Street a spruce up.

Neighbourhood Services and Kingdom staff played their part in the operation along with the volunteers, some of whom were representing Barnsley College and MKB Solicitors.

The Community Payback Team, including two paid workers and 12 others who were undertaking community work, also participated.

In total, six black bags were filled with litter with any recyclable materials bagged separately to be recycled as part of the #EverybodyThink campaign.

In addition, 17 fixed penalty notices were issued by Kingdom officers for littering offences in the town centre, while 34 bin stickers were replaced to remind the public of the penalty they face for failing to dispose of their rubbish responsibly.

It wasn't just a clean-up operation, though, as volunteers donned their overalls and got their paintbrushes out to give the area a fresh lick of paint.

In total, nine doors were sanded down and painted, one wooden fence and one wooden bin store was repaired and painted, the exterior walls of four premises were painted, two lamppost columns were painted and two windowsills were repainted. The Community Payback team will return at a later date to apply top coats of paint.

Meanwhile, BMBC operatives cleaned down the side of the Civic with a high-powered pressure-washer and the stone setts were cleaned by a mechanical sweeper prior to the event.

Business engagement was also successful as 12 businesses were left with surveys which will be collected at a later date.

Our thanks go to Aroma Café for providing free hot drinks, OO Bar for providing free refreshments to the Community Payback team, Regent House for allowing free use of their car park, the Town Hall for allowing the use of their toilets, and the businesses for their cooperation and providing the paint.

Councillor Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: "A big thank you to everyone who donated their time as part of our latest clean-up event - the area looks much better for their hard work.

"I would encourage people to take responsibility for their litter and keep our borough looking beautiful."

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