A BARNSLEY MP has welcomed news that the Dearne is to get a £1 million boost to spend on improvements in the next decade.

John Healey says the cash pot - from the lottery's Big Local programme - will be spent in Bolton-on-Dearne, Thurnscoe and Goldthorpe.

He said: “I am pleased local people will have the power to decide how it is spent and I would encourage people to come forward, have their say and be part of improving their community.

“People round here are keen to see their area improve but aren’t usually given the chance or the tools to make it happen.”