GOVERNMENT officials have given the green light for Doncaster Council to put £100,000 into revamping two of the borough’s biggest shopping areas.
Mayor Peter Davies says he wants to bring Thorne and Mexborough, which will receive the money, onto a par with thriving areas like Bawtry and Tickhill.
Ministers have told Mr Davies he has a free hand to spend the cash, which is being given to the borough under the High Street Innovation Fund.
Mr Davies said: “The Government has now confirmed to me there are no strings attached to the money and I can look at using it to help regenerate Thorne and Mexborough.
“They will get £50,000 apiece and it will be spent on improving the shopping areas and the look of the places.
“I will be interested to hear what the residents, the ward councillors and Thorne Moorends Town Council see as the best way forward.
“It won’t solve all the problems but it will assist my determination to improve these local centres.
“Both have a lot going for them and I want to raise both to the quality of Bawtry and Tickhill. There are similarities, both are historic market towns, and I am optimistic both can be improved to the status of Tickhill and Bawtry.”
Thorne Coun Martin Williams said: “We could do with £5 million, but we won’t turn money down.
“I would like us to use it to try to find matched funding. I’m pleased it shows intent, and that they are prepared to put money into Thorne.”
Mexborough Coun Sue Phillips wants the money added to cash expected to be put into the town from a developer as a condition attached to planning permission for a superstore next to the railway station.
She said she would like to see it used to move the market from its existing site at York Square, onto the pedestrianised area along Main Street and High Street.
She would like York Square to then be converted into a town square.