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Kingstone Improvements After Community Grant

Tuesday May 7 2013

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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.

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Reply Posted by Grim on Tuesday May 14 2013 at 21:08
With all due respect why on earth is money being spent on Kingstone? I wasn't aware that it was as deprived as some other areas of Barnsley nor does it have as many council estates or sink holes or a culture of yobbish behaviour. Tell you what lets spend the money on hanging baskets in Cawthorne and Silkstone and be done.

Or it could be spent on real rough bits that don't house local councillors.........

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Tuesday May 14 2013 at 21:23
Because that's what the Kingstone Ward decided to spend their £25,000 on. The other 20 wards can spend their £25,000 on what they want- it's up to them.

Reply Posted by Grim on Tuesday May 14 2013 at 21:54
Yes I am aware of that thanks Red, I was being facetious. As in why on earth is money given to all wards when some do not need it clearly and others need a heck of a lot more? This is just typical of the stupidity of the spending by councillors. Plus I bet the rough areas get theirs last and it won't go on dog bins!

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