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Residents Back Transformation Plans

Friday November 22 2013


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THE majority of residents are backing plans to transform a former school site into a shopping complex.

The proposed development would see Sainsbury's, Lidl, a pound shop firm and a frozen food store built onto Nanny Marr Road, on the former Foulstone site.

Developers Rothstone Estates arranged three meetings with local residents to outline their plans and also handed out leaflets for them to fill in.

The positive feedback is said to be about 99 per cent positive and even local businesses and environmentalists are in favour.

The secondary school closed its doors a year ago.

Cllr Brian Key attended the meetings, as did around 300 people from the area.

"We handed around 5,000 leaflets out ourselves to people in the district earlier this year too," he said.

"The meetings were unusual because it was all positive.

"The development would provide shops to the area and people would no longer have to go to Cortonwood or Stairfoot for their supermarket shopping.

"To have a Sainsbury's in Darfield would be unbelievable."

It's now the intention of the councillors to ensure the small number of issues that were raised can be addressed before a decision on planning later this year.

"We were quite surprised at the number of jobs that will be provided," added Cllr Key.

There is set to be four more units built on the same site, 80 jobs will also be created and spaces provided for 180 cars. There will be a mixture of two and three-bedroom houses.

If Barnsley Council approves the planning application, Rothstone Estates is hoping to start constructing the development next summer, which means the new shops could be open by the end of 2014.

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Reply Posted by me on Friday November 22 2013 at 13:16
Darfield needs more shops so tjis is a great idea. It will get some more jobs and it will benefit everybody especially those that live away from coop or the elderly that cant travel far.

Reply Posted by tokazchewtoy on Friday November 22 2013 at 14:38
Think we are all just thinking jobs to be honest, though there is the concern of it just being somewhere else for groups of idiots to hang around making mischief.

Reply Posted by Collet on Friday November 22 2013 at 15:40
Idiots only congregate where there allowed to I'm sure that there will be plenty of residents who will have enough gumption not to allow it to happen.

Reply Posted by RothschilD on Friday November 22 2013 at 17:14
...yay, another supermarket! Yay jobs! Yay, opportunity taken from you and your children to one day own tour own shop! Yay, more corporate profit, more money leaving our local area being funnelled into already overflowing international pockets! Short sighted folks you are, all of ya! Nice people on the whole, a shame nice people don't recognise when they're being quietly and gently screwed, these actions covered only by a shiny logo and tv adverts that make u think they are actually a good thing, lol, do some reading and comment when you have a clue of what you're cheering for...

Reply Posted by Rothschild on Friday November 22 2013 at 17:17
Yay! More small businesses to go bust because they can't compete with supermarket prices!

Reply Posted by RothschilD on Friday November 22 2013 at 17:18
Yay! No need to try n start a local business, when I can go work at a supermarket on minimum wage!

Reply Posted by lord on Friday November 22 2013 at 17:23
Yay,no need for drab comments about peoples opinions about supermarkets,You need to take it up with the government,small businesses are a thing of the past.governments fault!!!

Reply Posted by RothschilD on Friday November 22 2013 at 18:25
No, WE need to take it up with the government Lord. I'm assuming you're a person too, from barnsley, with an interest in its prosperity? But WE won't, will WE? Lol, What you will do is as you're told, you won't even try and find out what does or does not qualify your opinion. You will have it given to you and you will swallow it like a farm animal, without question. And when your kids are left without work cos all the jobs at all these supermarkets are gone, and they are left with nothing else because the huge supermarkets have priced everything else out of the market, what then? :)

Reply Posted by sarah on Friday November 22 2013 at 18:34
Why would anyones kids be left with no jobs because all the supermarket jobs are gone not everyone wants their kids to work in a supermarket RothschilD. This is a great idea for the local population and reckon they should crack on with it although they should include some independant shops as well.

Reply Posted by RothschilD on Friday November 22 2013 at 19:48
Sarah, u must see that is exactly my point!? Independent shops are a great idea, but what will they sell? How many small independent businesses so you see at retail parks...? Very few, if any, simply because they can't compete in price with a huge bulk buyer like your friendly local supermarket, and so, they limit competition by out pricing anyone without the ability to also buy and sell in bulk. Basically, if your pockets arnt as deep as the other guys, yr dun. Where do u see this pattern ending Sarah??

Reply Posted by observer on Monday November 25 2013 at 15:12
rothschild is right. the bakers. the paper shop. post office. all will go.they cant compete with the supermarkets. supermarkets have loss leaders. such as cheap beer. they dont make profit. but they know when ppl come in for beer. the will buy crisps. or nuts. sausages. burgers. etc. or even a paper.

Reply Posted by lord such on Monday November 25 2013 at 15:28
yes observer. but this is not todays news,supermarkets have killed the local shops years ago,and the trouble is there are here to stay,even taking over smaller outlets and calling them express..councills should not allow this,put whilst there are getting the pockets lined,you or me will just have to put up with it,,