WORK will start on a £100,000 new skate park for Barnsley town centre in April next year.

It is being developed after years of demands from youngsters who said they would like one built in or close to the town centre.

The development will go ahead at Dearne Valley Park, Hoyle Mill, less than a mile from the town centre.

Coun Margaret Bruff, a former youth worker, said lots of locations had been considered.

She added: "We looked at putting it at the Twibell Street end of the Dearne Valley Park, near Harborough Hill, but it wasn’t far enough away from residents.

“So we’ve opted for it to go near the car park and play area at the Hoyle Mill end of the park.

“Kids can come from all over because it’s very accessible by road and foot.”

The skate park design can be viewed on October 3, at 5.30pm, in Barnsley Library.