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How Can £1 Million Make Thurnscoe Better?

Thursday August 30 2012



THURNSCOE residents are being urged to help decide how best to spend £1m to help make the village a better place.

The money, from the Big Lottery, has been put aside to help improve the area after it was found to be in the top three percent of deprived areas in England.

A steering committee has been formed but more views are wanted from local people, who will ultimately decide on how the money is spent and what it is spent on over the next ten years.

Chairman of the Thurnscoe Big Local project, Ian Ball, said: "The money is to be spent in Thurnscoe, it can't be taken away and will help improve the village to make it a better place to live and work.

"People have been suspicious of money in the past, they have been promised it and it has been taken away. But this means Thurnscoe people will decide on how the £1m is spent, not those in Barnsley, London or Timbuktu."

Ian said one idea was looking at the community allotment site and getting people and schools involved in planting and look after the allotments.

Another idea was to provide a bus service to take elderly people and those who have limited mobility in to Thurnscoe town centre.

He added: "Originally we had lots of people wanting something for their own groups, and when they didn't get anything, they drifted off.

"If existing groups have a new project they want to put forward they can do, but it's not to spend on existing groups.

"It's to improve the entire community as a whole. There has been some negativity but now we are moving things forward and have started making decisions."

An open day will be held on October 17 where people can find out more about Thurnscoe Big Local, find out what stage the project is up to and will be able to get details about the management committee, as well as put ideas forward.

It will be held at the Coronation Club at 6pm.

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Reply Posted by Angela on Thursday August 30 2012 at 12:58
a decent play park where you can take the kids would be nice and somehow police it so it doesn't get ruined by thugs!

Reply Posted by kez on Thursday August 30 2012 at 14:25
before anything can be done for the area it needs more policing to reduce crime maybe if the police was on the beat more? as for building new parks whats the point gathering grounds for vandals.
my point is clean out and clean up the area before spending and that is the same for any area not just thurnscoe

Reply Posted by jog on on Thursday August 30 2012 at 16:36
Let the council keep the money......they need if for christmas parties and to **** up other areas.......

Reply Posted by Realistic on Thursday August 30 2012 at 21:38
It will pay for a rather large crane with a wrecking ball on it to flatten the place.

Reply Posted by greenginger on Thursday August 30 2012 at 22:22
Thurnscoe has a ball are just off Houghton Road, a park at back of Stuart Street plus small grassed areas in the middle of the estates. It has Phoenix Park. It has a train station and good bus links to Doncaster. It has pubs, clubs, takeaway shops. It has a mix of housing including new, social and also large and small properties. It has a coffee shop and newsagents. It has a new GPs sugery and clinics. It has supermarkets. The problem is not the facilities or lack of them, it is about the attitude of the people who live there. They think the world owes them a living but they wont work for it. They think they own the village and the council house they live in. They think crime is easier than working. Dont spend any more money on Thurnscoe as just like Grimethorpe it has nothing to offer since the pits shut except as a place to live. Stop spending money on places like that. It wont make a jot of difference.

Reply Posted by den on Saturday September 8 2012 at 09:47
To be honest thurnscoe needs more than a million. police need to be on the streets and half of the houses need looking at. but the number one focal point is policing thurnscoe.

Reply Posted by Thurnscoe Big Local on Sunday September 2 2012 at 22:46
Please check out our facebook page, Thurnscoe Big Local to keep updated on what is happening in Thurnscoe.

The £1 million is to be spent over the next 10 years on making a better place live. It is down to the residents of Thurnscoe to decide what it is they would like and not the council decisions. If you are a resident of Thurnscoe and would like more information, please see our facebook page for details on how to contact us, or joi us in helping make our community better.

Reply Posted by greenginger on Saturday September 8 2012 at 12:33
@Den Thurnscoe is just as policed as everywhere else. However what is the point if the people who live there commit crimes on each other and then witnesses refuse to testify?
As for Thurnscoe Big Local, I respect you wanting a better area but why should Thurnscoe get a million when nearby Goldthorpe had funding withdrawn for its much needed school and new housing etc? Why spend all that money on a place that has all the aforementioned facilities and yet most arent interested in using them or look after them? There are tons of things that Thurnscoe has that Bolton or Great Houghton or Middlecliff or Darfield (and other nearby villages) dont have! What Thirnscoe needs you cannot buy. Responsibility, decency, respect, hard work and so on .......

Reply Posted by Andrew on Saturday September 8 2012 at 20:42
Good to see the usual bashing of an area and taring all the residents with the same brush., I know a number of people in Thurnscoe who take pride in their village and work towwards improving it and trying to make it a better place for people to live. I also have worked there and know what good, hard working people that live there. It is like anywhere else in the country where there is good and bad....take a look outside your own front door and tell me where you live is perfect with no crime, people all have jobs and take a huge pride in their neighbourhood....then knock Thurnscoe.

Reply Posted by pam on Saturday September 8 2012 at 20:46
I think a million pounds needs to be spent in Barnsley town centre!

Reply Posted by David Johnson on Saturday September 8 2012 at 22:01
Dear Sirs. As a person born, brought up in the village I am astounded by the negative comments on here. Thurnscoe is no more run down than any other out lying district of Barnsley. As for spending a million on Barnsley town centre has the previous walked around with their eyes shut for the passed few months and not read the town centre news. The million that has been earmarked for the village has been put in place for a reason. Like most of fhe reasonable people that do work hard and have respect for their surrounding area we have watched a village of hardworking people decline due to the lack of investment and the poor governance of the local council. The villagers for the most part had their only local industry taken away from them when the mine shut down. Over the last 30yrs the council has ear marked land and set up a few small units the pit site in he hope that industry would flood in. This was not the case. Instead like most other mjnjng communities in the dearne area, it has been left to rot by those that administer the local funds and prefer to line their own pockets with schemes for the town centre of Barnsley. Instead of knocking the village because you can't be bothered to get off your backsides, show how you are willing to help a historic village (the village has a recorded history before that of Barnsley) can survive. Use the million to give back Thurnscoe its pride and invest in its people NOT a new skate park.

Reply Posted by Dave Johnson on Sunday September 9 2012 at 09:08
I see there are still some on here that have problems reading and expressing themselves.....Until you can learn to be constructive and make reasonable comments without the swearing, don't bother speaking or writing......

Reply Posted by Dave Johnson on Sunday September 9 2012 at 15:51
You're all a set of absolute freakshows! Get a job the lot of you, stop commenting on this useless website and start doing something constructive with your lives.

Reply Posted by Nicola Hyde on Sunday September 9 2012 at 16:02
Need I remind you all that foul language is not allowed on this website!!! Dave Johnson please don't insult people or this website. WABers don't appreciate it.