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Town Centre Gets Big Investment

Thursday May 30 2013


Town centre set to be boosted by investment Town centre set to be boosted by investment


THERE has been good news for Barnsley town centre - a further £3million is to be spent on improvements.

As work on the new park at the side of Barnsley Town Hall is due to be completed next month, an announcement is due shortly of a £3million grant to improve key town centre streets.

It is expected that European regional development fund money will confirmed by the government within the next few weeks.

That will mean the money will be spent improving Eastgate, Regent Street North and South, Mandela Gardens, Eldon Street and Market Hill.

The car parking area on Market Hill will be redesigned and enhanced, pavements will be updated and environmental improvements carried out.

"It is very good news for our ongoing plans to improve the town centre," said Cllr Steve Houghton.

"We are determined to ensure we make it as attractive and pleasant as possible for all visitors and potential investors.

"Anything we can so do to make Barnsley look and feel better has to be good for the town and its people and hopefully will encourage as many businesses as possible to invest here."

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Reply Posted by Mick on Thursday May 30 2013 at 13:07
"Let's go to Barnsley shopping"
"No I prefer Meadowhall, it's free parking and indoors"
"but they've got improved pavements & an enhanced car park in Barnsley now"
"Well you should have said that earlier. What are we waiting for?"

Lol. You don't get much for £3 million do you?

Reply Posted by Pet Lover on Thursday May 30 2013 at 13:27
This is all well and good but do you think in this 3 million there would be enough left for tonnes of bleach and a power washer for inbetween Aqua Inn and Grogger? The smell is horiffic. Great impression when visitors get off the bus to go to the market and have to walk past what might as well be a urinal.

Reply Posted by Matt on Thursday May 30 2013 at 13:35
£3million spent on upgrading and improving those streets will make massive difference to the look and feel of the town. The new town square is looking great and is a huge improvement to the centre. This is great news following on from that and good on the council for realising the value of trying to make your town look more attractive, which has all sorts of indirect benefits for jobs, investment, retail spend and sheer civic pride.

Reply Posted by Cris on Thursday May 30 2013 at 13:55
All well and good making the centre look nice but the farse and the state of the roads leading into it is enough to put anyone off

Reply Posted by bri on Thursday May 30 2013 at 13:56
I'm very pleased to see that (my birth-place) Barnsley has got 3 million pounds to upgrade a few deprived areas of the town's centre. I hope for the sake of the unemployed in the town the upgrade will attract new businesses to set up there and offer them jobs.

Good luck for your future Barnsley.

Reply Posted by observer on Thursday May 30 2013 at 15:35
narrrr. council will waste it on a daft clock.orr another piece of rust elsewhere in the town

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Thursday May 30 2013 at 16:44
Forgive my pessimism, but 3 million won't go far with the current set in charge, half of the money will probably go missing in beauracracy, endless meetings, halfbaked proposals, consultations and plans. The other half will go on overpriced low quality work that will be doled out to people that have good contacts with councils this will run over deadline and over budget. Lets see what 3 million can get you these days

Reply Posted by stevo on Thursday May 30 2013 at 20:05
Yup, as usual spot on guesty.

You forgot to mention the "consultation" fees for the erm consultants, that's should swallow up at least a third of the 3 Mill.


Reply Posted by Jane on Thursday May 30 2013 at 20:58
I went to Wakefield last week and had not been in years, I came back home actually appreciating our town.
Everyone within probably three miles of their door step have to see drugged up alcoholics parading on our streets, not just barnsley.

Reply Posted by adam on Friday May 31 2013 at 10:48
£3 million? what about the £150 million we was meant to be getting to redevelop all of the town centre?

Reply Posted by pan handle on Friday May 31 2013 at 17:49
I think they should spend the money on more climbable art

Reply Posted by Grim on Sunday June 2 2013 at 18:34
I am guessing that the money was robbed from some other fund. For example all the money that was withdrawn from areas like Goldthorpe and Bolton on Dearne. Or other villages around Barnsley. Instead it will be wasted on the centre just like millions have before. What a cock up as usual.

Reply Posted by Shifty on Monday June 3 2013 at 08:42
Well that's really good what r they goin to spend it on fetching more cosovans in and Pakistanis makin them welcome every where u go in Barnsley thers always one or half a dozen behind u

Reply Posted by Collet on Tuesday June 4 2013 at 08:25
Get rid of them dirty low flying Pigeons,they are the scum of Barnsley,you can't shop any where without having to dodge em,and fine all the silly buggers that keep feeding them,until you solve that problem you can spend as much money you can get ,but you won't get a Cleaner Barnsley.?

Reply Posted by Every Inch a Woman on Tuesday June 4 2013 at 08:27
I was hoping to see that Shambles Street would be given some consideration but it would seem not again.

Reply Posted by danno on Wednesday June 5 2013 at 12:03
Another uneducated idiot bringing foreigners into conversation ^^ learn to spell too