A FRIENDS group is being established to improve three areas — with one village aiming to replicate the success of Goldthorpe’s Railway Embankment Group.
Residents wanting to help with green improvements in Dalton, East Herringthorpe and Thrybergh are invited to a meeting on Tuesday (21) to formally set up.
The group will aim to increase volunteer activity and draw down money which cannot be accessed by the borough or parish councils.
It will carry out litter-picking, community planting projects — and be a “critical friend” to RMBC in working towards environmental improvements.
Cllr Michael Sylvester, ward member for the three areas, said: “We miss out on large sums of money across our area because we don’t have the groups that can pull down funding from organisations such as the National Lottery or Coalfield Regeneration Trust.
“The meeting will aim to set out core aims and principles as well as elect interim officers and a committee to establish the group.
“As one of the aims is to hold officials to account, I won’t be on the committee but will, along with local community charity RotherFed, help it get established and stand on its own two feet.
“I will though still be available for litter picking duties and if anybody would like to know more please give me a call on 07432 509987.”
The meeting takes place at the Baggin (Silverwood Miners’ Welfare) at 7pm. Earlier in the day, residents are invited to help clear fly-tipping from the railway embankment at Thrybergh.
This is a first step towards the goal of creating a community garden on Network Rail land, similar to the successful turnaround seen at the railway embankment in Goldthorpe.
Meet at 9am by the Vale Road bridge to clear as far as Hargrave Place. Sensible footwear and gloves are advised.
Enough interest in the project will see Network Rail create an access and possibly grant a community licence for residents to make it their own space.