BARNSLEY Council will invest £1 million on improving the look of shop fronts on village high streets, it has announced.

A shop front improvement scheme has been agreed which will overhaul the current appearance of high streets in Goldthorpe, Cudworth, Royston, Athersley, Darfield, Dodworth, Grimethorpe, Lundwood, Mapplewell, Stairfoot and Thurnscoe.

Local businesses will also be contributing towards the scheme.

The move comes as part of the innovative principal towns programme which will see the council invest £5 million in community-led projects within Barnsley’s Principal Towns and local centres.

It's hoped that, in addition to the council’s contribution, the improvements will also encourage investment from the private sector and other funding streams to maximise income generation across the borough.

Coun Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: “The shop fronts scheme is an exciting and imaginative approach which will help deliver the improvements that residents want to see.

"The programme will encourage investment which will continue to reap the benefits for the people and businesses in district towns for years to come.”