RECYCLING centres across the borough are set to close over the next few weeks for essential repair work.

All four venues at Penistone, Smithies, Worsbrough and Goldthorpe have seen significant extra demand since the start of the pandemic.

These repairs, originally due to take place last year, were delayed in order to minimise any further disruption.

It is not possible to delay the safety-related works any longer.

These include resurfacing, repairs to boundary fencing, kerbstones and walls, electrical equipment testing, and repairing or replacing barriers.

The works will also include a number of improvements including painting, new and improved signage, and removal of outdated equipment which will all help visitors move through the sites and deposit their waste more quickly.

The sites are due to be closed are:

- Penistone - Monday May 10 to May 14

- Smithies - Monday May 17 - May 28

- Worsbrough - June 7 - June 14

- Goldthorpe - June 15 - June 17

Matt Gladstone, executive director for place, said: “We’re aware there may be some disruption caused by these closures, however we cannot delay the repairs any longer.

“We hope people will understand the importance of making sure our recycling centres remain safe for both people visiting them and people working there.

“There will also be a noticeable improvement to the appearance of the sites and how easy it is to find your way around them which will improve the experience of those visiting them.

“We’ll be keeping our social media pages and website updated if there are any changes to the timetable and we’ll issue updates as each site reopens.”