WORK on a long-awaited kids’ cycle track finally started this week - after more than £26,000 was secured for its construction.

The track was the idea of community group for Mapplewell and Staincross Greenspace, who aim to promote the use of Mapplewell Park for recreation and leisure.

The cycle track is expected to be completed in the next week, with signage being put up over the next month.

Treasurer Carl Snowden said: “It was an idea we have had for a number of years now.

“Part of the group are keen cyclists and as we help in the community we thought this would be an ideal space for it.

“We managed to get funding from the the National Lottery, Co-op Communities and Barnsley Council, raising just over £26,000 for it.

“It will help to keep kids active and tackle obesity as well.”