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Market Moves To Take Over Town Centre

Tuesday October 4 2011


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BARNSLEY'S market traders are to be moved to a new location which will spread from Cheapside to Peel Street.

The location of the new market - which is a temporary measure to allow for demolition of the old one - will stretch from the Alhambra Centre all the way across the town up towards the post office. The council say they imagine the market area will stay in its newer position until 2015, when the new development is finished.

The application - which was approved by Barnsley Council yesterday - outlines plans for 40 stalls that have striped roofs. Traders have been warned they will not be able to spread out their wares, but only trade in their stall boundary.

A spokesman said: "It is considered to be fundamentally important to the economic vitality of the town centre that existing market traders are accommodated during the construction of the market project

"It is considered that the proposal will have a positive impact upon the street scene with the traders providing a more vibrant and active street scene."

Planters, the mushroom seating area, and seats will be removed to make way for it.

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Reply Posted by Peter on Tuesday October 4 2011 at 11:03
This is the best news shoppers have had since sliced bread was invented.  At last we will have a proper open market.  Hurry up and get it done.

Reply Posted by Hazel on Tuesday October 4 2011 at 12:05
I agree, its about time Barnsley had a face lift, Hurry up and get it done.

Reply Posted by Mkilburn on Tuesday October 4 2011 at 14:55
I hope it happens in my life time...I remember the Tuscan Village that never happened....

Reply Posted by Amanda on Tuesday October 4 2011 at 15:02
My dad had been a market trader all his life, and when it moved indoors it killed the traditional market which had stood for decades if alone centuries. There is nothing nicer than a good old fashioned market where the traders can shout their wares and the community can come together.  i dont suppose we will ever see the likes of Alfie, Joe Edwards or the BEEVERS brothers ever again, they were true Barnsley characters who made each trip to the market that little bit more special.  I used to love watching Joe Edwards throwing his baskets of dinner services around on a saturday afternoon, it was a real show, and then hearing my dad and uncle Dennis shouting ' Lob it out!!!!' as they sold there flowers. The best of the market was the old green wooden stalls, they always looked so good when full of fruit and veg and fabrics, flowers, clothes etc.  There wasnt anything you couldnt get at Barnsley Market and now i am sorry to say i havent been in there for years as it has lost its glory, lets hope the new plans for the market give it some of its atmosphere back!!!

Reply Posted by jayne on Tuesday October 4 2011 at 15:39
Well if or when this happens if it does look like the pics then barnsley will have a town to be proud of, cos the pics look brill lets hope it does come off cos tarn needs all the help it can get at the moment.

Reply Posted by 306 on Tuesday October 4 2011 at 16:27
They can change it all but it won't stop the drinks and druggies hanging around, waste of money if you ask me

Reply Posted by Maximize10 on Tuesday October 4 2011 at 16:32
I  hope this plan goes ahead, Barnsley town could really do with a make over. Whilst on the subject of make overs, do we get those people in the pictures too? They look happier than the average Barnsley shopper lol

Reply Posted by Ward Two on Tuesday October 4 2011 at 17:25
I hope it brings life back to our market town. Stop buildin big daft buildings that you see in cities and look completely out of place in Barnsley and lets see some true Barnsley atmosphere wi a good market. Rotherham market is better than ours at moment, and i think it has more than 40 stalls it certainly seems that way.

Reply Posted by BarnsleyInfo on Wednesday October 5 2011 at 13:49
Welcome to the final chapter in the death of our town centre. Barnsley Market today is a thriving, but when the Council and 1249 have done with it the heart of the town will be gone forever.

We will be left with Empty retail units that no "major" retailer will take and no local retailer can afford to rent. Remember folks: there is no sign of an end to the economic downturn.

Read the facts your not being told here: http://www.barnsley.info/2011/07/barnsley-market-project-what-your-not-being-told/

Reply Posted by chaz on Thursday October 6 2011 at 10:11
looks lovely but the chances of it turning out like the pics r unlikely n if they do then it wont stay like that n i can just c it now they will be teenagers with there bikes n skateboards bumping in2 r nannans n grandads n mums with walking kids n prams the drinkers chilling on the steps shouting abuse n we all no no matter what any1 dues about it there will be the drug abusers hanging about somewhere n yes i do believe the prize of everything will go up n our market traders now will be pushed away! i love r market we have now theres nothing wrong with it i am a young mum n always in the market looking 4 deals or even geting some fresh fruit 4 my son when the new market is made will i still get my cheep toys n fruit n veg coz its going 2 be nearly half the size it is now n stall holders will have 2 pay more 2 get a stall n some ppl just cant afford it witch mins there products will go up n so on will i still get my 2 packs of fresh fruit 4 a quid? n will my grandad still get around it n get the things he get 4 next 2 nothing? i dont think so but will c xx   

Reply Posted by mark on Thursday October 6 2011 at 10:49
The current situation with the towns economy, does not just affect the retailers, there are other small businesses,that rely on the economy in the town centre that have been affected by the slow destruction of the town over the past 3 years,and i sincerley hope that this new market development, gives Barnsley the economic boost it really needs, i wish some-one could come up with ideas to boost the evening economy also, because that is in dire need also..dont know how the small restaraunts are coping..no midweek customers and high rents, also the pubs.I cant believe that the council bought Westgate plaza,and all the offices in the glasshouse complex, while the Town deteriated.

Reply Posted by Stevethickett on Thursday October 6 2011 at 10:53
Long overdue, I love Barnsley and the
different feel the Market gives, compared with the lack of soul to be found in Wakefields Market Hall.
The only issue is, of course MONEY, ot the lack of it. In a town that as seen no real investment in It's population and with high unemployment, caused by Tory policies thirty years ago and sadly today the same ' stuff the common man ' attitude of the ConDems rearing it's vile head is it the time for investment in something which may bring visitors into the town, pumping cash into the local economy, creating jobs, benefiting the town as a whole, but only time will tell. All success to the project I hope it's worth the effort.

Reply Posted by Chris on Thursday October 6 2011 at 23:16
Looks rather Birmingham Bull Ring inspired and uninspiring frankly, even if it's just conceptual site -mapping.
There's something rather apt about structural cladding that has come to define the 2000s for me - non-load-bearing, unitised construction, homogenous and insubstantial, however thermally efficient. All style and no substance, but then the design life is not such as would lead to incremental developments - floorspace, unit rentals.There's always a danger of one-off, large scale redevelopments tarring the image of a place - all the same style at the same time. In the 50s and 60s it was confidence in ferro-concrete (strange really given that 20s and 30s use of the material has pointed out most of the maintenance problems), and now it may just be the era of steel-framed nothings, with hook-on cladding and poured concrete on corrugated metal decking. An age (well, 30 years tops) of snag-tastic, aerofoil sunscreen fins and rectilinear blandness.Sheffield ran the risk with the developer's plans for Sevenstone, though budget cuts and delays might have actually improved the final massing and possibly reduce the totality of demolition work. Ah well, we'll see. So long as there's someone to empty the bins....

Reply Posted by dingaling on Sunday November 13 2011 at 13:43
It's very disappointing to see so many negative comments.  There are aspects which will never please all the people all the time but this is the best chance Barnsley is going to get at a transformation.  A borough of nearly quarter of a million deserves a vibrant town centre with a mix of major names and department stores and smaller independents and a thriving market.  That is not going to happen with the town as it currently stands since it no longer meets the needs of today's shoppers.  Instead of complaining about the druggies how about supporting the town and helping it become a bustling and thriving place - the lowlives will have to retreat back under their stone then.

Reply Posted by Graham Nicholson on Friday October 12 2012 at 14:14
How long it will start i want to see car park get demoed