EXTRA investment in the upkeep of high streets in Barnsley town centre and so-called ‘Principal Towns’ across the borough is due to be approved next week.

A range of street furniture improvements including new bins, as well as refurbishment or replacement of benches, bollards, lamp posts and CCTV posts where needed are included in a report to be presented to cabinet.

The report also includes appointing two extra cleaning teams, with one to cover the extended evening hours in the town centre between 6pm and 11pm, and another to cover the Principal Towns which include Cudworth, Goldthorpe, Hoyland, Penistone, Royston and Wombwell.

The proposals also include investment in additional security guards - or town centre wardens - to help reduce antisocial behaviour, as well as investment in deep cleaning equipment in order to maintain new stone paving.

Coun Pauline McCarthy, cabinet support member for environment and transport, said: “We’re now making sure we have the right resources in place at the right time to keep our high streets looking their best for us to all enjoy in the years ahead.”