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Town Centre Development Plans Up For Discussion

Thursday July 12 2012


May Day Green could be totally overhauled into a shopping mecca if plans to transform the town centre go ahead. May Day Green could be totally overhauled into a shopping mecca if plans to transform the town centre go ahead.


THE VISION to redevelop the town centre is to be put to residents to give their views.

Councillors will meet next week to approve a draft plan to be sent out for consultation - it includes 14 development sites.

Coun Linda Burgess said: “This is a very important planning document for the future of the town centre. I hope that as many people as possible will take the opportunity to give their views once the consultation begins.”

A formal consultation period is scheduled to run from early August to the end of September.

*What would you like to see happen in the town centre? How do you think it can be improved? Comment in the box below and join our debate.*

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Reply Posted by peter stott on Thursday July 12 2012 at 11:43
About time thinks I, Barnsley Center is about Twenty years behind the times, so it can only be for the good of all. It will mean massive disruption for quite a while I guess, but thats the way the cookie crumbles :)

Reply Posted by Dave on Thursday July 12 2012 at 12:15
Why not put the money that's going to be used for this into the areas education system, god knows they need it more than Barnsley needs a facelift.

Reply Posted by David on Thursday July 12 2012 at 18:41
I would yawn but I haven't got the energy, the redevelopment of Barnsley has been talked about for at least the last 20 years and the place is still a s**thole. Less talking and more building, GET ON WITH IT!

Reply Posted by Jess on Thursday July 12 2012 at 18:44
I think barnsley could do with an upgrade in the looks of the place, make it somewhere that looks like a nice town instead of looking like a place where badly behaved teenagers belong! And to Dave whats wrong with the areas educational program?

Reply Posted by Tom on Thursday July 12 2012 at 19:25
Let me and other residents that wish to do so, rent a small plot of land to grow some vegetables, we could call it an allotment. There is idle land where there used to be allotments, beside this land is some allotments and some new allotments, but there are only 8 new allotments and there are over 30 people on the list for that site. Currently the land is idle, the council mows it. I would pay to rent a plot to grow some food. And there are at least another 20 who would do this. In turn the council would save money by not having to mow the land and they could reduce council tax.

It would also be nice if planning permission was granted for some factories, it'd be nice if there was some work around, existing on the dole/part time precarious work because there aren't no proper FULL TIME jobs quite frankly is asterix symbol asterix symbol asterix symbol asterix symbol.

Failing the above, if people can't grow their own food and there aren't going to be any new jobs perhaps we should start a war and young men like myself can be used as cannon fodder.

Reply Posted by Landy90 on Thursday July 12 2012 at 20:10
Yawn! will never happen, shops wont temporary close and Barnsley hasn't got the funds, Looks good on a picture but we all know it will look shab like the bus station

Reply Posted by Steve on Friday July 13 2012 at 04:42
How long until the chavs around Barnsley will wreck the place, draw penises on everything and make it all smell like piss and ruin everyone's lives as it is the only thing they're particularly skilled at doing, and we'll be back to the way we were before? It won't work unless we get rid of teenagers and idiots around the town centre, but considering our cozy little town is full of them I have no hope for it. Best thing about Barnsley: Leaving.

Reply Posted by nn on Friday July 13 2012 at 15:36
even if this goes to plan in less than a week there will be graffiti and windows smashed things damaged, so whats the point people dont respect things these days , instead of wasting thousands of pounds that lets face it we dont have why don they do something else with the money like more housing or education or create new jobs cos lets face it how on earth is giving barnsley a face lift going to help anyone , not like anyone visits barnsley for a holiday so its not going to attract more torists is it!! what a waste of money

Reply Posted by ian on Friday July 13 2012 at 15:42
why dont they spend the money on things worth spending it on.people will still go in to town to do their shopping no matter what it looks like! why not put the money in to youth clubs,places for homeless people to sleep?all people are interested in these days is appearance!

Reply Posted by Bec on Friday July 13 2012 at 15:44
It's what the town needs! Stand at the train station and count how many people are going to meadowhall because there are no decent shops in town. We need those people spending their money in our town, having lunch out, coffee, paying for parking etc. The busier the town centre is the more successful the shops will be leading to growth and expansion and more jobs. There are no jobs in town because people are going elsewhere to shop and its not just retail jobs it affects but security, cleaning staff, management jobs, market traders, car park staff, independant retailers, entertainment staff. If the council can pull this off then hopefully Barnsley will be a thriving town again.
As for teenagers vandalising it you don't see them doing that in meadowhall because that has a vibe of success and cleanliness about it. Town is already run down and so these teens have no respect for it because no one has any pride in our God forsaken little town anymore!
Lets back the bid and see what happens! If they have got the money to regenerate then lets show some support.

Reply Posted by jenny on Friday July 13 2012 at 15:57
It's a market town for heavens sake. Looks like more of the same cheap tack buildings that were built in the 60sa and are now being demolished!!!!!!.... little boxes, little boxes made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same, springs to mind!

Reply Posted by James on Friday July 13 2012 at 17:40
I've been to many new towns and cities this year and it's safe to say that, other than Watford, my home town is the worst of the lot. There are hardly any decent shops, the abhorrent1960's brutalist concrete buildings that litter the town centre are offensive to the eyes and the The Mall is an utter joke. Watford is awful, but at least it has a nice shopping centre. And what town centre needs TWO Poundlands and TWO Icelands? I'm proud to come from Barnsley, but make an effort to stay well clear of the town centre whenever I'm up here as I cannot stand the cheapness and scruffiness of it all. Barnsley on the whole has so much going for it, with beautiful countryside 10 minutes west of the M1, the revamped and impressive looking college and some beautiful old buildings in and around the area. But the town centre drags it down. Knock down the concrete abominations, build a couple of nice, modern shopping centres in their places, anchor them with a Debenhams or House of Fraser and you already have a much nicer town centre people will actually enjoy shopping in. Oh, and I don't know if he's been there recently, but the bloke who has the "Barnsley live" tent in the town centre, please just stop. The drivel you blare out is not fit to be called "music", and only adds to the overall crapiness of the town centre.

Reply Posted by James on Friday July 13 2012 at 17:40
I've been to many new towns and cities this year and it's safe to say that, other than Watford, my home town is the worst of the lot. There are hardly any decent shops, the abhorrent1960's brutalist concrete buildings that litter the town centre are offensive to the eyes and the The Mall is an utter joke. Watford is awful, but at least it has a nice shopping centre. And what town centre needs TWO Poundlands and TWO Icelands? I'm proud to come from Barnsley, but make an effort to stay well clear of the town centre whenever I'm up here as I cannot stand the cheapness and scruffiness of it all. Barnsley on the whole has so much going for it, with beautiful countryside 10 minutes west of the M1, the revamped and impressive looking college and some beautiful old buildings in and around the area. But the town centre drags it down. Knock down the concrete abominations, build a couple of nice, modern shopping centres in their places, anchor them with a Debenhams or House of Fraser and you already have a much nicer town centre people will actually enjoy shopping in. Oh, and I don't know if he's been there recently, but the bloke who has the "Barnsley live" tent in the town centre, please just stop. The drivel you blare out is not fit to be called "music", and only adds to the overall crapiness of the town centre.

Reply Posted by king louis on Friday July 13 2012 at 19:55
the towns and cities that are treasures are the ones who have kept there past buildings and enhanced them within developments rather than burn and build that barnsley does... how many shops are closing down due to lack of business or impossible rents? Will building a new development help them? Not really!

Reply Posted by Jack Hirst on Friday July 13 2012 at 21:05
Everyone on here has valid points but the one I agree with the most is that there's no where for the youths, teens & young adults to go. (besides the cinema or swimming)

I'm currently trying to get an indoor skate park open in the old zero ice place on Lambra road as a non-profit/social enterprise business, which will cater for skateboarders/bmx riders etc. & the culture that comes with it (Graffiti & music)

www.facebook.com/Sanctuaryskatepark

The park will be somewhere for individuals who are into the actions sports scene
or wish to experience it as we are planning to offer lessons in the sports we'd cater for. We're also planning to promote local music/graphic artists by ways of competitions, shows/demos and also offer photography/video sessions)

I also agree with whomever said Barnsley needs to be cleaner and offer more jobs and opportunities for the people of our town!

But that's just my opinion and what I'm trying to do.

As far as the re-design of the center goes, It all looks like futuristic city center / band stand combination and an excuse to charge more money on rents..

Reply Posted by Jake on Saturday July 14 2012 at 20:17
Well I think the fact that people think Barnsley is a disgrace shows no one has any pride in the area, that's because as ppl have already said, the town looks like its from the 1960's. The concrete monstrosity called the Metropolitan centre needs bulldozing and redevelop in to a great shopping are or centre that Barnsley can be proud of.

I also have to agree that there has been lots of talking about it going on and not much doing, I disagree with the bus station being an eye sore, I think it shows that the town is developing i have been in a few bus stations and none compare to Barnsley's albeit they could add some air con as its like a greenhouse, its a great modern design that makes an impact on new visitors to the town.

We are in need of bringing the town to the 21st century, agree also that the reason Meadowhall doesn't have hoards of teenagers is because it has a fresh, vibe, a great atmosphere and some of the best places to shop in Yorkshire.
I love Meadowhall but if we could get some thing like that in Barnsley maybe on a slightly smaller scale then we would have a town centre we could be proud of!

Please if you are going to do it Secure the funding, don't over budget and Get cracking! it will take 3-4 years for the work to be done and if we don't move soon the redesign will be outdated and will need redoing again costing more money!

Reply Posted by Clare on Wednesday July 18 2012 at 07:52
Barnsley town centre needs a major revamp, over the years weve lost shops at the moment it seems to be more pubs than shops so yeah bring back Barnsleys shopping.......

Reply Posted by Allen on Tuesday March 1 2016 at 16:28
Take a walk down The Moor in Sheffield and see what they are doing. I am just pleased to see the back of the buildings that are being pulled down now...the ugliest mess of architecture I have ever seen...please! no repeat of that kind again.