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Thousands To Be Spent On Art For Town Centre

Monday February 25 2013



TENS of thousands of pounds will be spent on artwork to make the town centre look 'more attractive and welcoming'.

The Sheffield Road underpass will have around £10,000 lavished on it, with ideas so far including theatre lighting and quotes to be written on its walls.

A further £40,000 will be used on four pieces of artwork on the main entrances to the town - although the locations for these are still to be decided.

The money, plus an additional £20,000, has come from the developer of Oakwell Garage on Pontefract Road, as a condition of its planning approval.

Cllr Margaret Bruff said: "We have got to keep Barnsley as a place people want to come to. We are nice people in Barnsley - why shouldn't we have a bit of culture?" 

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Reply Posted by teresa skiffington on Monday February 25 2013 at 09:44
why why why, we or most of us are nice people in Barnsley but why spend all that money so that the bad ones can and will ruin it. The amount of money thats going to be spent would be put to better use by building somewhere for the youth of Barnsley to go and spray graffiti pics because some of these youths have talent .

Reply Posted by sandra burns on Monday February 25 2013 at 09:45
this will provide some interesting debate on WAB,,,

Reply Posted by dawn hellewell on Monday February 25 2013 at 10:04
Stupid amount of money to be spent considering some ppl i know have had a letter saying 'bmbc dont have enough money so theres a chance your council tax bill is going up'.it wont be appreciated by the masses. Dont get me wrong i love art and emhrace everything but i cant help but thinkthis is a waste,and also directly before financial year end to eat up whatevers left so they get the same amount of budget next year.isnt that how it works?

Reply Posted by neil holmes on Monday February 25 2013 at 10:39
maybe spend the money on the roads going in to Barnsley. no pot holes make it a nicer drive

Reply Posted by sami on Monday February 25 2013 at 11:10
Is this not just the equivalent of a bribe? As long as I get my planning permission you'll get you artwork?

Reply Posted by rainbow on Monday February 25 2013 at 13:21
While ever the people of Barnsley keep voting Labour this insanity will just keep going on.!!!

Reply Posted by Cher on Monday February 25 2013 at 13:24
This is great! Barnsley really need a spruce up..it is very 1970s looking and a more welcoming entrance will really encourage shoppers in! Good luck with it.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Monday February 25 2013 at 13:45
Exactly Cher, more statues of Dicky Bird for Saturday night revellers to hang their knickers on is just what Barnsley needs to boost its economy. Although I reckon the artists and councillors, at all the unveiling ceremonies, will get more out of this than the long suffering tax payers.?

Reply Posted by Mick on Monday February 25 2013 at 14:08
"Shall we go shopping to Meadowhall today love?"
"No, I fancy a trip to Barnsley to look at the new artwork"
"Really, Oh OK"
" No you idiot, as if anyone would do that"

Reply Posted by maz on Monday February 25 2013 at 14:37
so they have found some thing else to waste money on

Reply Posted by MarketsSupporter on Monday February 25 2013 at 18:33
Here we go again, more expense with no thought. Fountains at town hall, now artwork. This kind of expense should only be considered when money is in abundance and the town has a retail offer that's fully functioning. Given the importance placed on the market it would have made more sense to provide some much needed refurbishment to both the outdoor and indoor market - as we all know that the chance of a new town centre shopping scheme has sadly now passed by.

Reply Posted by Yorkshire Rose on Friday July 5 2013 at 20:09
I couldn't agree more. The market is in serious decline and like a ghost town most days of the week. Unfortunately while ever we have the promise of this new market there won't be any investment for the current market, even though carrot of the new market has been dangled for well over ten years.

Reply Posted by stevo on Monday February 25 2013 at 19:44
More Labour party Lunacy!

So basically if a developer wants to build some houses he/she/the company have to pay a "bribe" to BMBC?

Bear in mind BMBC says we "need" 21,000 new houses by 2030,i wonder what they will "bribe" the developers to build/supply?


Cllr Margaret Bruff said: "We have got to keep Barnsley as a place people want to come to. We are nice people in Barnsley - why shouldn't we have a bit of culture?"

Yes councillor Bruff,but if you continue with your rediculous policies you will not attract anyone into town.

Reply Posted by Keith Richardson on Tuesday February 26 2013 at 09:16
Good old Barnsley Council, sorry, dictatorship. Yes it is bribery n corruption in effect. And yes it is morally wrong when we are cutting services including social and children's services. I love Barnsley but as time goes on you wonder where on earth is it going to end?

Reply Posted by Hoyland Red on Tuesday February 26 2013 at 12:31
Without knowing where the extra £20,000 is coming from as the article doesn't say - this is money that a developer has knowingly signed up to as part of their planning agreement - whats the problem with that? I would be more critical if the Council had said to the developer " go on then, build these houses and oh by the way we don't want anything from you to improve the fabric / structure of the town". Planning agreements are entered into by developers knowing full well what they have will have to pay for be it highway improvements, bus route subsidies, improvements to nearby schools etc to get planning permission - either they accept that or take their 'development' elsewhere. The effect of asking developers to pay for this type of work (which was probably agreed several years ago) is actually saving the tax payers money. And I don't think it can't be used to fill potholes or refurb the market as it will be a legal agreement as to what the money can be spent on.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday February 27 2013 at 12:18
Perhaps the money would be better spent on improving the pavements in the town center. There's a stretch between Simms shoe shop and the Halifax that is a work of Art itself, if you like crazy paving that is.???

Reply Posted by George on Friday March 1 2013 at 09:38
Oh yeah, straight out the sim city game, and straight into real life. Quality! - Not!

It's ok for Barnsley council to put up artwork, to improve the look of the town. And yet, they are cutting all services to save money. If all the services are cut, there will be no-one left to go into the town. So basically, ghost town here we come...

Reply Posted by Gem on Friday March 1 2013 at 09:56
Why why why!? I like artwork, and yes it would be lovely for Barnsley to look nicer. But what's the point in making it look nice if there's nothing for people to do once they get there? Apart from trawl around pubs, poundshops, and walk past tons of empty derelict shops!? Sort out the real problems first and then work on how it looks!

Reply Posted by James on Sunday March 3 2013 at 16:22
Barnsley has a great art culture with 2 great galleries, a college that has a fantastic reputation for its art courses and a university campus that offers art degrees. Barnsley needs the culture to make people realise there is more to the town that pubs and pound shops.

Reply Posted by Yorkshire Rose on Friday July 5 2013 at 20:12
I thought there was already several quotes written on the Sheffield Road underpass!

Reply Posted by God on Tuesday July 9 2013 at 12:17
You all come moaning on here but you're the ones that vote them in every election. Quit your moaning and change your vote maybe the town will move out of the 20th century.

Get rid of our Labour council.

Ps Funding for the new town centre development? the biggest thing ever to happen to the town centre since the building of the town hall - shouldn't you be focusing on the funding for this BMBC??