THURNSCOE residents are being urged to help decide how best to spend £1m to help make the village a better place.

The money, from the Big Lottery, has been put aside to help improve the area after it was found to be in the top three percent of deprived areas in England.

A steering committee has been formed but more views are wanted from local people, who will ultimately decide on how the money is spent and what it is spent on over the next ten years.

Chairman of the Thurnscoe Big Local project, Ian Ball, said: "The money is to be spent in Thurnscoe, it can't be taken away and will help improve the village to make it a better place to live and work.

"People have been suspicious of money in the past, they have been promised it and it has been taken away. But this means Thurnscoe people will decide on how the £1m is spent, not those in Barnsley, London or Timbuktu."

Ian said one idea was looking at the community allotment site and getting people and schools involved in planting and look after the allotments.

Another idea was to provide a bus service to take elderly people and those who have limited mobility in to Thurnscoe town centre.

He added: "Originally we had lots of people wanting something for their own groups, and when they didn't get anything, they drifted off.

"If existing groups have a new project they want to put forward they can do, but it's not to spend on existing groups.

"It's to improve the entire community as a whole. There has been some negativity but now we are moving things forward and have started making decisions."

An open day will be held on October 17 where people can find out more about Thurnscoe Big Local, find out what stage the project is up to and will be able to get details about the management committee, as well as put ideas forward.

It will be held at the Coronation Club at 6pm.