Action for Goldthorpe

INVESTMENT is to be made in neglected properties at Goldthorpe to improve the town’s worst areas.

More than 100 empty homes will be revamped as part of a project worth almost £2 million.

A government grant of £961,000 has been awarded to bring 100 empty and privately-owned houses back up to liveable standard, to be matched by the council, making over £1.9 million available in total.

A Barnsley Council spokeswoman said: “This is excellent news for Goldthorpe, and particularly for families who will have access to decent homes, and the families who will see their area improve.”

Part of the money will be used to buy low-value houses, which will then be made attractive to first-time buyers. Private landlords will be offered grants to refurbish properties, if they are registered and regulated through the council and Berneslai Homes.

Support will be given to other landlords to bring properties back to rentable states, along with work to increase security in streets and areas that are vulnerable to vandalism, break-ins and fly-tipping.

The Times reported recently how residents were sick of rat-infested yards at neglected properties around Frederick Street, Wellington Street, Poplar Avenue and Albert Road.

Barnsley Safer Neighbourhood Team is now heading up a task force to deal with the issues.

A spokeswoman said: “Our ERU officers have been investigating the waste that is dumped and looking for any names or addresses evidence to ascertain who the waste belongs to. There are several cases currently being prepared for prosecution, subject to our legal department’s approval.”