Dearne public to go in council cutbacks

Barnsley Town Hall
Barnsley Town Hall

Barnsley Council is to make £750,000 cuts next year in a ‘reshape’ of its Environmental Services department – which will hit services in the Dearne.

Public toilets in the borough outside the town centre in Wombwell, Goldthorpe, Hoyland and Cudworth will disappear in the move, as part of budget cuts estimated at £18.1 million.

Savings include a short-term reduction in road maintenance spending and moving to a ‘planned cycle’ of litter picking instead of reacting to complaints when bins are full.

The council is also proposing changes to bin collections. Refuse and recycling collection rounds will be redesigned, cardboard and green waste will be collected separately, and there may be a change to collections in rural areas – but the changes are still subject to consultation.

Barnsley Council’s environment spokesman, Coun Roy Miller, said: “We’ve got some tough decisions to make across the council, and this is one of them.

“With drastically reducing budgets, we’re changing the way we do things, and in some cases, that means reducing or stopping services that we’ve all been used to.

“We’re doing everything we can to minimise the impact on local people. We’ve considered all options and talked to local people about these changes.