A FORMER pub in Goldthorpe is set to be demolished next week, to make way for a new town square.

Demolition of the Horse and Groom pub will begin on Monday, ready for the development of the town square which is funded by the Towns Fund investment.

The Towns Fund is a £23.1m investment into the future of the Dearne and has been designed to help attract jobs and economic investment to the area.

Contractors from Thomas Crompton Demolitions Ltd will be on site from October 18 and the strip-out and demolition is expected to take up to six weeks.

Derek Bramham is chairman of the Goldthorpe Town Deal Board which is made up of local residents, interests and representatives. He said: “The building in a poor state of repair and has become an eyesore. It would not have been viable for the building to be re-opened.

“This important site at the heart of Goldthorpe will have a much more positive future as a public square, and we look forward to more details about this exciting development in the coming months.”

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