A GROUP will be set up to look at improving housing issues in the Dearne after complaints that some tenants take no care of their properties.

In a report presented to Barnsley Council last month, issues relating to housing topped a poll of things that worried residents in the Dearne.

The top areas highlighted were Thurnscoe and Goldthorpe where a third of residents polled said it was an issue.

The report said: "These problems were percieved as a knock on effect of empty and badly managed properties.

"There is a strong feeling in the Dearne that private landlords often rent out houses without any checks on the tenants who take no pride or responsibility in looking after their homes and the surrounding areas."

An 'engagement hub' is now being formed to work with the residents to try to set some targets for improvement.

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