A HOST of improvements in Kingstone has been funded by a pot of community money.

Councillors used the Community Support Fund to buy books for children and replace dog-fouling bins.

The fund allows for each of the 21 electoral wards in the Barnsley borough to receive £25,000.

Elaine Slater, Barnsley Council's central area partnership manager, said: "It aims to create practical solutions to local issues, supporting and developing volunteers and community organisations to do things for themselves."

In Kingstone, the biggest expenditure was on the community caretaker, and the fund was also used to make the position full-time.

Cllr Donna Green, said: "This makes a huge difference, keeping the ward clean and as free from litter as possible."

Other work included filling grit bins, hosting summer activities in Locke Park, new signs, and funding a 'fit festival' at Worsbrough Common.

The fund has also helped tenants and residents' associations, general improvement in Allatt Close and the work of St Edwards Church, which in turn supports many older people in the community.