PLANS to rectify £150,000 work in Hoyland town centre are finally picking up pace – with improvements expected to take around 12 weeks.

The redevelopment of the town square saw work undertaken by Barugh Green-based AmcoGiffen – with a contract tendered at £155,000 – over a number of months.

After the work was finished last year, a celebration event was held by Barnsley Council to open the new-look town centre – but disappointed residents protested feeling that there was very little to celebrate.

Following a visit by local councillors, including the leader Sir Steve Houghton, it was confirmed that more work would take place to rectify some of the issues.

Almost a year since the celebration, work is now getting underway.

The works will include repaving the area, replacing and adding seating, removing the astroturf for planting, installing planters, painting street lighting columns black in the vicinity of the town centre, and introducing electric power points for market stalls.

Further enhancements include painting canopies, relocating litter bin positions, removing the brown abstract artwork, and reinstating anchor points for market stalls, as well as lights to steps and paving.