UP to £500,000 is set to be spent refurbishing two streets in Darfield with the help of trainees and apprentices.

Berneslai Homes is set to begin work on improving its housing stock on Bellbrooke Avenue and Rose Avenue from April.

The project is aimed at improving the appearance of the houses, and the work will primarily focus on installing railings around the properties. They're also removing grass verges, so there'll be more off-road parking.

The work's expected to last two years and a budget of £250,000 has been set for each year.

The work will also be done by apprentices and trainees at Barnsley Community Build as a way of providing on-the-job experience as part of their training courses.

The plans were met with a positive response at a public meeting in Darfield last week. Cllr Brian Key was one of those to voice their approval.

"It's a double whammy really in getting young people some real work experience and also improving the area," he said.

A similar scheme has recently been wound up on the Doles estate in Royston and local Cllr Graham Kyte said it had 'transformed' the area.

"It's made a big difference,'' he said. "The estate is an excellent area now. The houses had been upgraded as part of the 'decent homes' scheme but this didn't include the surrounding area. Boundary walls make a big difference to the appearance of an area."