Local councillors celebrate another Towns and Villages Fund success!

Cllr Sarah Allen with Ward Councillors Cllr Bob Bird and Cllr Jill Thompson
Cllr Sarah Allen with Ward Councillors Cllr Bob Bird and Cllr Jill Thompson

Ward Councillors for Rawmarsh West visited the site of the latest Towns and Villages Fund project on Stubbins Lane, Rawmarsh.

The Manor Farm shopping area, which includes a variety of local convenience stores, has been given a new lease of life with a new entrance way, new pathways and improved planting in the green areas.

A new seating area has also been installed with a resin-based floor surface and areas of pavement have been softened by new bulb planting and landscaping to make the area feel more welcoming.

Talking about the transformation, local Ward Councillor, Cllr Robert Bird, said: “The works have made a real difference to the area and I can already see the impact this will have on local residents. I am astounded at how much better the shopping area looks, it looks so much more welcoming and sociable than it did before.”

Local Ward Councillor, Cllr Jill Thompson, said: “The Towns and Villages Fund is essential for these projects in the heart of our communities and when you look at the work that has been done, and the standard of the work, it makes you feel like you’re being listened to. For me, it is fantastic to know we are giving back to local communities.”

The Towns and Villages Fund is a multi-million pound commitment from Rotherham Council to deliver improvements to towns and village centres across the borough, and was used to fund this project in Rawmarsh along with many across the borough.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Sarah Allen, said: “The Council is committed to encouraging every neighbourhood to become a thriving neighbourhood. This project in the heart of a community showcases this commitment to our residents, showing them that we are to there to help and we do listen to what they say. I can’t wait to see other projects reach completion across the borough.”

Community consultation took place late in 2022. Feedback from the consultation was evaluated and incorporated into final proposals.

Further information about this scheme and others happening across the borough can be found at www.rotherham.gov.uk/villages.

Published: 8th January 2024