Works to improve the layout and accessibility of Wombwell High Street have been completed as part of our Principal Towns and Local Centres programme.
Our Principal Towns and Local Village centres investment programme is an estimated £35 million project to improve local economies around the borough and help our high streets and local economies to thrive.
Wombwell High Street has been designed to create an even more welcoming place for local people and visitors and a better environment for our market traders. The works, which began in March, include:
- pavement improvements to both sides of the high street
- resurfacing of the road
- decluttering and improving the street scene around the market area
- new seating
- new litter bins
- new planters
- painting street furniture including barriers and lampposts
- levelling sunken paving
- new anchor points and power points for the market
These works combine to make Wombwell’s high street a more attractive place to spend time in and encourage people to buy products and services locally.
Cllr Robert Frost, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, who is also a local Wombwell councillor, said: “I’m delighted to see the high-quality improvements to Wombwell High Street which I know are really welcomed by local residents and businesses.
“Our Principal Towns investment work is all about services and teams across the council working together to help each of our Principal Towns and Local Village Centres grow as places where people choose to live, work and visit. This project has been a great example of the way we’ve co-ordinated our highway maintenance programme alongside all the improvements to the street scene. It has given our high street a much-needed facelift.
“We want to support our local high streets so more people will choose to do more of their shopping and spend more of their leisure time in their local high street, supporting local businesses.
“We've already invested £5m into our six Principal Towns and ten Local Centres to help them thrive. We have plans to invest another £30m into our local high streets across the borough, and we’re working to attract even more from other funding bodies.”
Cllr James Higginbottom, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Highways, also a Wombwell councillor, said: “These public realm works are a really significant investment that will improve the fabric of our local High Street and will help to grow and strengthen the local economy.
“The improvements to the road and pavements are part of the £20m+ investment Barnsley Council is delivering to improve our highway network this year; fixing our roads, investing in our communities and unlocking future economic opportunities, as we have seen with these public realm improvements in Wombwell.”