WORK will begin next week on the exciting development of a new town square in Goldthorpe as part of the £23.1m Towns Fund investment.

The Heart of Goldthorpe project is one of the five main Towns Fund projects.

It will be the heart of the community and a place for people to linger, relax and socialise.

The works will include hard and soft landscaping with curved planting beds, informal seating and contrasting paving patterns where children might play.

There will also be an area for reflection and a space which will host the new market.

Barnsley Council have now appointed NT Killingley Ltd to carry out the works and are hopeful by September everything will be completed.

Towns Fund investment in Goldthorpe, Thurnscoe and Bolton-upon-Dearne supports Barnsley Council’s investment work in principal towns and local centres which is helping local high streets thrive across the borough.

Matthew Stephens, acting chairperson of the Goldthorpe Town Board which is overseeing the Towns Fund projects, said: “Through Towns Fund investment we’re working together to create a thriving community where people can choose to live, invest and excel.

“Projects have been drawn up in response to local people’s priorities following consultation with local communities.

“It’s really exciting to see the Heart of Goldthorpe project getting underway.

“This is going to be a really high-quality square local people will enjoy using and will help give a lift to the wider town centre.

“This is just one of five key projects we’ve been able to fund through this once-in-a-generation investment, and I know local people will be impressed when they see this work completed.”