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News: £11m for Dinnington and what it'll be spent on


Further details of an £11m regeneration project for a town centre in Rotherham are set to be agreed.

In March, the government announced that Rotherham will receive £20m for regeneration in The Budget for Wath and Dinnington. It came after earlier bids for funding for the schemes were turned down twice.

The Rotherham bid was around creating a new mixed-use development in Wath town centre, as well as delivering significant improvements to Dinnington High Street and market.

For Dinnington £11,049,547 is to be allocated with the project focusing on high quality place making to restore the cultural heart of the town centre, increase footfall, boost the local economy, and restore a sense of pride amongst the community. It was developed in conjunction with Ward Members, Dinnington St John’s Council and the MP for Rother Valley, Alexander Stafford.

A council cabinet report explains: "The Dinnington project aims to enhance the blighted town centre along Laughton Road, redeveloping the area into a new purpose-built town square with an improved public realm.

"The development is proposed to include a new and improved commercial offer, a revitalised outdoor market and improved connectivity seeking to increase footfall on the high street."

The bid describes a "purpose-built town square with specialist retail and food and beverage spaces which will spill out to create a vibrant café culture destination."

Revamping the markets would enable it to expand into additional days and host more events and specialist food and drink fairs.

The redevelopment site has a prominent position on the high street located between anchor stores Tesco and Aldi and directly adjacent to the bus station. It also borders the main car parks serving the town centre.

Without grant funding, the scheme would not be viable to be delivered by the private sector. Funding will cover activities up until the end of the financial year 2025-2026.

The development of detailed proposals is due to take place over the next 6-12 months with negotiation and acquisition of property taking place at the same time. A multi-disciplinary consultancy led team, including Turner Townsend, AHR Architects and TetraTech, is already in place.

The report adds: "The site currently comprises burnt-out buildings fronting the high street, an ageing mid-century shopping parade, a disconnected outdoor market, and a collection of dilapidated and underused buildings. The layout and condition of the site make it an unattractive and occasionally unsafe key route between the car parks, bus station, residential areas, and the high street. It has therefore been identified as a key factor in poor perceptions of the area and reduced trips to the town centre particularly in the evenings.

"The regeneration of Dinnington as a destination will be launched through the redevelopment of this site through a new commercial square which will seek to draw visitors to the town centre. The grant funding will enable crucial strategic land assembly of the blighted site and redevelopment into a purpose-built town square with commercial space linked to an improved public realm to create a vibrant destination.

"Furthermore, the creation of an improved contemporary market space and public realm will improve the street scene while preserving the traditional market town culture. Redesign of the site will allow for the prioritisation of clear, connected pedestrian routes to improve connectivity from the car parks, bus station and surrounding residential areas and enhance natural surveillance."

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Anonymous,  August 1, 2023 at 1:33 PM  

Fair play to Dinnington. I hope the project is a success for its residents and businesses.

And not a cycle lane in sight either!

Anonymous,  August 3, 2023 at 10:43 AM  

Don't need a cycle lane. Dinno is rough, with unruly kids wrecking everything.
Need a youth club so they have somewhere to go

Jez August 3, 2023 at 11:07 AM  

But if unruly Dinnington kids wreck everything, wouldn't they also wreck the youth club?

Anonymous,  August 3, 2023 at 1:46 PM  

There is a youth club called jade

Anonymous,  August 3, 2023 at 2:09 PM  

Where's the improvement in dinnington going to be because its all around dinnington that the shops are being knocked down and replaced with benches why not keep the shops and do them up the back where the market is needs tarmac that would be one improvement for a start

Anonymous,  August 4, 2023 at 7:17 AM  

It can only get better. The market needs moving. It would be good to have a dual purpose area where the market could take place but could also be used for other things-festivals, musics. Not permanent structures that allow bored kids to drink alcohol, smoke weed etc… This might then alleviate the problems the interchange has with youths terrorising the passengers.

Jez August 4, 2023 at 1:28 PM  

Young people don't get a very good press on here do they? Makes you wonder whether there are actually any decent ones out there.

Anonymous,  August 7, 2023 at 5:53 PM  

And whether some of those who post on this site ever had childhoods at all.By far and away the biggest proportion of people causing trouble in Dinnington are adult males.

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