A REGENERATION scheme - which will transform a public square thanks to a Barnsley Council-led project - is set to pick up pace in the new year.

The multi-million pound Principal Towns programme to improve local economies and support high streets across the borough, will make its way to Hoyland after the Christmas period.

Works are being undertaken by Barugh Green-based business, AmcoGiffen, and will see trees, seating and a water feature installed.

Dave Thomas, operations director for AmcoGiffen, said: “As a local company, we are proud to deliver this work in Hoyland.

“The works will take around four weeks and once complete the improvements will make a huge difference to the town centre.

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“Construction work will start in the new year after the busy festive period - we recognise it’s a crucial time for Hoyland’s shops, pubs and restaurants and we wouldn’t want to cause any disruption at this time by starting any earlier.

“We’re getting all the materials together now and we’re eager to start work to do our bit to regenerate Hoyland town centre for residents, workers and visitors.”