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Tuesday August 19 2014 A MOTHER has created a new app which makes it impossible for children to ignore their parents' calls and texts. Sharon Standifird, from Houston, Texas, grew frustrated at her son's habit of dismissing her calls and was spurred on to…
Photo by Kurt Fairhurst Tuesday July 29 2014 MORE than half of Britain's eight million dog owners have sacrificed a holiday because of their pets, according to new research. The Kennel Club, which looked at dog owners' holiday habits during a study, also found that 71 per cent…
Thursday July 10 2014 TEACHERS are split in opinion over whether a shorter summer break would benefit children's education. Provide Education, a Barnsley-based recruitment agency, conducted a survey to ask the teachers it works with what they think about proposals being mooted to shorten the…
Tuesday July 8 2014 BARNSLEY Football Club has hinted that the price of its replica shirts could be reduced next year - after fans scoffed at the new strip's £44 price tag. The Reds revealed their new kit for the League One campaign last…
Ambulance workers set to strike Wednesday July 2 2014 AMBULANCE staff across the borough will be on strike when the Tour de France comes to the region this weekend. The Unite union said its members had "overwhelmingly" voted to take industrial action on July 5 and 6. The Grand…
Monday June 30 2014 'EXPERTS' have said parents should ban juice from the dinner table, saying that kids should only be given water or milk to reduce obesity, diabetes and heart disease rates. According to 'senior government advisers', most parents understand that sweet drinks…
Tuesday June 17 2014 THE government is cracking down on fatty and sweet foods in schools, allowing pupils just two portions each week, while milk will once again be introduced during the school day. Pupils will only be offered two portions of deep-fried, battered…
Monday June 9 2014 PLASTIC bags in supermarkets will cost 5p from October 2015 in a bid to reduce the amount we use. What do you think to this? Will it make you start to re-use your old carrier bags? Have your say below.…
Thursday June 5 2014 BARNSLEY is to get its own television station that will be launched online in the Autumn. Barnsley Community Television follows an attempt 15 years ago to create a local television station that failed because the company could only get limited approval…
Tuesday June 3 2014 COUNCILLORS have backed calls to give 16-year-olds the right to vote. The decision followed an emphatic speech given to councillors by Thomas Yems, 18, chairman of Barnsley Youth Council. Thomas, of Penistone, warned how the UK is in danger of…
Baby crying Thursday May 22 2014 BARNSLEY has been chosen as a pilot community for a project that aims to prevent stressed parents from harming their crying babies. The NSPCC's 'Coping with Crying' scheme will show parents-to-be and new parents a film about caring for a…
Hickleton Terrace Tuesday May 13 2014 We've had scores of WABers contact us over the last few months regarding rubbish collections - and we want to know your thoughts. WABer Jessica May Holmes sent us this picture of Hickleton Terrace, Thurnscoe, saying that the bins had not…
Ofsted Thursday May 1 2014 CHILDREN as young as two could start school. Is this too early in a child's life? Have your say on our WAB Debate. Ofsted boss Sir Michael Wilshaw wants nursery classes to teach children to count and grasp basic words.…
Tuesday April 29 2014 THE long-term unemployed are now required to show they are actively looking for work - or risk losing their benefits. Are you in favour of this? Have your say. As part of a new drive to get those who have…
Photo from Sheffield City Region Wednesday April 23 2014 MEADOWHALL visitors will soon be able to take part in a trial 'overtaking lane' to get past dawdling shoppers. Is this a good idea? Would you like to see it in stores? Have your say! If you think it's a…
Tuesday April 8 2014 A SURVEY has claimed that the 'overwhelming majority' of people want to see 20mph speed limits being introduced around schools and town centres. What do you think to this? Are you in favour? Conducted by road charity Brake, its survey found…
Danny Wilson Tuesday April 1 2014 THE Reds' reputation as 'great escape' specialists may well be justified, but how confident are you of the team securing survival this season? We'd love to hear your thoughts. Barnsley's survival hopes have been handed a major boost thanks to…
Friday March 21 2014 AN EDUCATION charity visited Barnsley to see what parents think about the town's choice of schools. Would you like more schools to be built? Have your say below. New Schools Network, which visited South Yorkshire on March 12, gathered the…
Youth councillor Pegah Moulana and Dan Jarvis MP Thursday March 13 2014 THREE youth councillors from Barnsley joined more than 100 young adults outside Parliament to push for the country's voting age to be lowered. The campaign seeks to reduce the current legal age from 18 in a move that will allow…
We Are Barnsley Tuesday March 4 2014 BARNSLEY has secured an extra £13.2 million for its health budget - and it made us wonder: where do you think the cash should be spent?  The local Clinical Commissioning Group has already indicated in plans to spend some of…
Monday March 3 2014 A SURVEY has found that children are the biggest distraction when driving, with 29 per cent of drivers saying kids can take their attention off the road. The survey, carried out by IAM and Vision Critical, asked 1,500 people what distracted…
Tuesday February 18 2014 A FIFTH of shoppers admit to stealing £15 worth of goods every month at self-service checkouts, according to a new study. One in five people admitted to bagging items they haven't paid for - with fruit and vegetables being  the most…
We Are Barnsley Thursday January 30 2014 RADICAL proposals to overhaul the education system could see children kept in school until 6pm with holidays slashed. The proposals, drawn up by David Cameron's former policy chief Paul Kirby, would see school days run the same as a work…
Wednesday January 22 2014 SOME people living in the Dearne have had to wait almost two weeks to see a doctor, according to a report. The study - which took place over the last year - asked Dearne residents about their community and services…
Shaun Wright Tuesday January 21 2014 OVER £2million is to be spent installing iPads in police vehicles in a bid to keep South Yorkshire bobbies on the beat for longer. What do you think to this? A worthwhile investment? Have your say below. New technology will be…
We Are Barnsley Monday January 20 2014 A COUPLE were fined for taking their three children on holiday during school term. After the case went to court, they were given a £1,000 penalty for the week-long holiday which went against Department of Education policy. Do you think…
Tuesday January 14 2014 PEOPLE have started receiving their paper recycling bags from Barnsley Council. What do you think to them? Do you think they're a good idea? Have your say on our WAB Debate. The white paper bag, as pictured, is a new…
Photo by Vanessa Friday January 10 2014 THERE are many icons of Yorkshire, but which best sum up the county? A poll is underway to select the 75 greatest icons of Yorkshire - and quite a few from Barnsley are in the running. The historic Wentworth Castle is…
Tuesday December 17 2013 THE Reds have named Danny Wilson as their new manager. What do you think, Barnsley fans? A good appointment? Have your say on our WAB Debate. The Oakwell club have been without a manager since David Flitcroft was sacked after…
Which do you prefer? Friday November 15 2013 THE Reds have unveiled four new club crests. What do you think? Do you prefer the original? Have your say on our WAB Debate. The plans to change the club's crest is part of a brand refresh. As well as…
Wednesday November 13 2013 A CONSULTATION has started about relocating Barnsley Central Library to allow for a new sixth form college to be built. What do you think to the plans? Have your say on our WAB Debate. The four-week public consultation is asking…
Tuesday November 12 2013 SOUTH Yorkshire's new mums could receive up to £200 in vouchers if they choose to breastfeed, as part of a controversial new scheme. What do you think to this? Have your say on our WAB Debate. Part-funded by the taxpayer,…
Artist's impression of new arena Tuesday November 5 2013 A PROPOSED £1million arena could become home to televised sporting events, create new jobs and raise Barnsley's national profile. A report outlining proposals for Barnsley Premier Leisure's 'The Vision' arena - a new atrium-style entrance at the rear of the…
Wednesday October 30 2013 A COUNCIL in England has become the first to officially consider opening a 'drug consumption room', where addicts can freely take heroin and crack cocaine without the fear of prosecution. The facility would help reduce deaths and encourage addicts away…
Could more be done to resolve this? Have your say. Tuesday October 22 2013 COULD more be done by the council to restrict travellers setting up where they like? Have your say on today's WAB Debate. A long-running issue in the town, the problem arose once again recently as scores of caravans made their…
We Are Barnsley Monday October 21 2013 TAKING your kids out of school for a cheaper holiday will now be a whole lot harder. It's been a while since the rules were outlined, so has it stopped you? Parents could face court if they fail to adhere…
Is it fair to consume alcohol in front of kids? Friday October 18 2013 THERE has been lots of debate in the national press recently about consuming alcohol in front of your children. Where do you stand on the matter? Is it setting them a bad example? Have your say on our WAB Debate.…
Teachers' strikes - what do you think? Thursday October 17 2013 ARE teachers' needs being ignored? Should they be allowed to strike? Or do you think they should be stopped due to the disruption it causes for parents and pupils alike? Have your say on today's WAB Debate. Recently, more than…
What do you think to the town centre? Wednesday October 16 2013 THE town centre has long been criticised on We Are Barnsley. A lack of choice has seen many people shun their local shops and head to Wakefield or Meadowhall. Which shops would entice you back to Barnsley? Have your say…
What do you think to Barnsley's MPs' expenses? Tuesday October 15 2013 FOUR MPs representing Barnsley claimed more than £185,000 in expenses and allowances between them during 2012/13. In an age of huge cuts and vastly reduced services, are these figures acceptable? Or do you think they're worth their money? Have your say…
Are you in favour of the proposals? Monday October 14 2013 LEARNER drivers could have to wait until they're 18 before they're allowed to take their driving test, as well as having curfews and probationary licences in an attempt to slash the death toll on our roads. What do you think?…
Tough new rules on long-term unemployed - are you in favour? Friday October 11 2013 IT'S been just over a week since George Osborne announced the 'Help to Work' scheme. It will impose the most stringent conditions ever on the long-term unemployed to end the option of 'signing on as usual'. What do you think to…
Sainsbury's Tuesday October 8 2013 SAINSBURY'S will unveil its plans for a new food store this week. Do you think Barnsley needs a new supermarket? Have your say on our WAB Debate. The supermarket chain, who are set to take over the B&Q store at Stairfoot, will…
Lottery's price has doubled - what do you think? Thursday October 3 2013 THE cost of a National Lottery ticket has doubled to £2. Is this going to put you off from playing? Have your say on our WAB Debate. The rise, the first since the lottery started in 1994, is part of…
Are you in favour? Have your say. Tuesday October 1 2013 All those who have been unemployed for three years will have to do some work or training in return for their benefits - or attend a job centre every day - under tough new measures. Are you in favour of…
Would a fast food outlet increase footfall? Monday September 23 2013 A FAST food restaurant is said to be needed to improve footfall in the town centre. What do you think? Have your say on our WAB Debate. Owen Gleadall, the president of the Barnsley Chamber of Commerce, said the number of…
We Are Barnsley Monday September 2 2013 TAKING your kids out of school for a cheaper holiday will now be a whole lot harder. Parents could face court if they fail to adhere to new rules. What do you think to this? Are you in favour? Have…
What do you think? Have your say on our WAB Debate. Tuesday August 27 2013 THE new water feature at the side of the Town Hall has only been operating for two weeks but it's already been hugely popular. What do you think to it? Do you think it's a welcome addition to the town…
What do you think to the HS2 plans? Wednesday August 21 2013 SHOULD plans for the HS2 rail link be scrapped? As its predicted cost has shot up again, now at an estimated £80bn, do you think it's time to pull the plug? Just two months ago, transport minister Patrick McLoughlin told MPs…
We Are Barnsley Thursday August 8 2013 ONE of the biggest problems facing ill people in Barnsley is that they can't get an appointment with their GP within a week, according to a councillor. Do you think this is a problem? Have you witnessed difficulties in trying to…
Town Hall gardens: What do you think? Friday July 19 2013 AFTER months of wondering what was hiding behind giant hoardings, the new Town Hall square was briefly revealed to the public. Although it's largely complete, there is still work going on as paving has had to be re-done as time…
Shale gas: What do you think? Thursday July 11 2013 IT has been revealed that Barnsley could be sat on reserves of shale gas. What do you think to this? Have your say on our WAB Debate. The British Geological Survey has established the presence of the gas around South…
What do you think to the sculpture? Have your say! Wednesday May 29 2013 THE new sculpture at Barnsley Town Hall has settled into its surroundings for the past week, and it's already had its first climbing incident. Although the council has not purchased it, it did cost them £4,000 for its transportation and…
HS2 - Is it worth it? Thursday May 16 2013 HAVE you heard the latest news about the HS2 rail link? Is it worth the money? Have your say on our WAB Debate. The high-speed line, which will eventually run through South Yorkshire, has an estimated £3.3bn funding gap and…
What do you think to the town centre? Monday May 13 2013 WHAT do you think to Barnsley's town centre? What do you think to its shops? What would you change about it? There's a new questionnaire out for you to express your opinions. Barnsley Voice is made up of a group…
How did the council cope with this winter's weather? Friday April 26 2013 COUNCILLOR Roy Miller has thanked council staff for their efforts during this winter's bad weather. Do you think the council coped well? Have your say on our WAB Debate. Gritting began on November 1 2012 and the final grit of…
We Are Barnsley Thursday April 11 2013 LEADING furniture and homeware retailer Ikea is set to open a new store in Sheffield, which is to create around 700 jobs. What more could have been done to lure the investment to Barnsley? Would you have liked to seen…
We Are Barnsley Tuesday April 9 2013 SEVERAL local councils are not flying the flag at half-mast in light of Margaret Thatcher's death. Do you think this is the right call, WABers? Many councils are, but we've been in contact with Barnsley, Sheffield and Doncaster and they're…
What do you think to the hospital? Thursday April 4 2013 WOULD you recommend Barnsley Hospital? Its patients are being asked whether or not they would recommend it to their friends and family as part of a new initiative. The hospital is taking part in the NHS-wide Friends and Family Test.…
We Are Barnsley Wednesday April 3 2013 What do YOU think of Barnsley's schools? It's always a great point of debate on our Facebook page, so it's a natural choice to be our next topic for this month's WAB Debate. After writing numerous articles on schools' recent…
Are you happy with the Budget? Thursday March 21 2013 WEDNESDAY March 20 was Budget Day. Millions watched as Chancellor George Osborne revealed its details, and the reaction has been mixed in its aftermath. What do YOU think about it? What would you have done differently? Are you happy with…
Barnsley Town Hall Wednesday January 2 2013 FINING drivers who are incorrectly using bus lanes, closing youth clubs and cutting childcare offered in children's centres across the borough are some budget cut proposals being discussed by the council. The council is inviting locals to have their say…
Tuesday December 18 2012 A COUNCIL watchdog has been told that qualifications alone are not enough to secure a job in the tough economic climate. Barnsley Council’s Economy and Skills Scrutiny Commission was told the massive competition for jobs has led to employers demanding…
Education and training Wednesday December 5 2012 NEW government rules coming in to force next year will mean that children have to stay in education or training until they are 18. The government is raising the participation age for education - from next year all young people…
Monday November 19 2012 A BARNSLEY MP is backing calls for a review on beer tax in a bid to help out local pubs. Dan Jarvis, MP, says he's been contacted by locals about their worries on the issue - especially since an increase…
Thursday November 1 2012 A CONSULTATION to find out how the public think their own neighbourhoods should be policed closes tomorrow. South Yorkshire Police Authority says the responses will help them formulate their priorities for policing over the next few years. Charles Perryman, chair…
Thursday October 11 2012 Do you think drinking should be banned on residential streets? The police and the council have been meeting this week to discuss ways to tackle street drinking in Central and Old Town Wards. But Coun Margaret Bruff tweeted that opinions…
Start Up A Business Monday October 8 2012 FIGURES released last month have branded Barnsley as one of the most 'economically inactive' areas in the UK. Nearly 22 per cent of adults are claiming state benefits compared with 14.8 per cent nationally. And, according to the report, there…
Barnsley Hospital Tuesday October 2 2012 Barnsley Hospital's NHS Trust is carrying out a survey to find out what patients think about the care they receive. It is contacting patients who have recently been treated at the hospital to ask for their views on everything from…
Cornish Pasty Monday October 1 2012 NEW rules have come in today which will add 20 percent on to the cost of certain takeout foods like pasties and burgers. The so-called "pasty tax" will see VAT added on to food that is kept warm in hot…
Monday September 17 2012 LOCALS will be encouraged to use public transport, walking and cycling as part of World Car Free Day on Saturday. Travel South Yorkshire are promoting the scheme to encourage people to plan more journeys on buses and trains.  SYPTE director…
Monday September 10 2012 STATISTICS revealed by Barnsley Premier Leisure show that one in three children cannot swim the length of a swimming pool. The figures show that the Year 7 children cannot swim 25 metres, and four out of ten children have never…
Wednesday August 22 2012 STATISTICS have shown that some areas of Barnsley are amongst the worst hit areas in Yorkshire when it comes to people stuggling to pay their energy bills. Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley East, says according to the fuel poverty figures,…
Tuesday August 21 2012 We Are Barnsley has been following with interest the crackdown on shoplifting in Barnsley. We carried a story that prompted a spectucular response from locals last week - it can be found here if you missed it. Inspector Julie Mitchell…
Tuesday August 14 2012 SHOPS were given a temporary extension to their Sunday opening times during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Many stayed open while as late as 8pm on Sundays, extending trading hours in some areas by up to four hours. The debate…
Wednesday August 1 2012 A NEW study has shown that half of parents don't let their children play outside because they are worried about them being kidnapped or injured. The study, released for Playday 2012, says half of parents say they are worried about…
Tuesday July 17 2012 RESEARCHERS have revealed the cost of being caught speeding is causing insurance premiums to rocket. The study - by Road Pilot - shows that drivers who have been hit by fines and penalty points had to pay almost 20 per…
Tuesday July 3 2012 RESEARCHERS claim that Barnsley is the hardest place in Yorkshire and the Humber to be a teenager. Education specialists Ambitious Minds has released a report that outlines the problems that teenagers face when they leave school. It measures education, employment,…
energy bill gas Tuesday June 19 2012 A BARNSLEY MP says many local families are struggling to pay their energy bills amid rising costs. Michael Dugher, MP, says the Barnsley East constituency has the 10th highest percentage for people struggling to pay energy bills in Yorkshire and…
Wednesday May 30 2012 Barnsley College is supporting a campaign that would give students who come from low income families free lunches. It comes after an e-petition was set up to appeal to the government for a change in policy - because at the…
Monday May 28 2012 STUDENTS from Barnsley College have been working with NHS Barnsley on a project to promote plain packaging on cigarettes. The Government has launched a public consultation on whether the UK should adopt the plain packaging of tobacco products. The aim…
Friday May 25 2012 Do you understand the principles of healthy eating - and if you do how do you pass it on to your children? A recent survey has found that almost half of secondary school teachers claim to see pupils suffering from…
fizzy drink Wednesday May 16 2012 HEALTH experts are asking the government to put a 20 per cent 'fat tax' on soft drinks and unhealthy food in a bid to cut obesity. Dr Oliver Mytton and Dr Mike Rayner of the Department of Public Health at…
Monday May 14 2012 A HUGE block with the word 'immoveable' carved into it has been placed on the centre of Kendray Street - blocking it to traffic. The stone-type square appeared overnight and bemused shoppers walking in to the town centre on Monday.…
copper 1 and 2p coin Thursday May 3 2012 Should the UK decide it is time to abolish the 1p coin? Canada has already done so - so has Australia and America is considering doing away with the 'cent' (penny equivalent). So should the UK do the same and…
Tuesday April 17 2012 CHILD benefits should be automatically docked for parents whose children are persistent truants from school, according to the government's senior advisor. Charlie Taylor - the government advisor on behaviour - has published a report that suggests schools should be able…
Wednesday March 21 2012 The government has announced a raft of changes to the budget which will come in from April next year - we know budget stuff can be a bit 'bluergh' so we've done you a no-nonsense WAB Guide to explain it…
graham Monday March 19 2012 We Are Barnsley's radio DJ Graham Stevens is on air tonight from 6pm with his regular chart and chat show. He will be considering whether its a good idea to have toll charges on all Britain's motorways? It comes after…
MP John Healey Friday February 17 2012 BARNSLEY MP John Healey has been campaigning for fairer energy prices for months. Following a debate in the House of Commons, he wrote to energy regulator Ofgem calling for them to make gas and electricity prices fairer and clearer. He…
LOVE_NOTES Tuesday January 10 2012 We Are Barnsley is running a 'Love Notes' Radio Show especially for your Valentine messages. All you need to do is comment on this thread and request a song and leave a message for your Valentine and we will read…
Barnsley Town Hall Thursday December 22 2011 BARNSLEY Council has asked residents to voice their opinions on how money could be saved from the budget next year. The council is running an online survey to ask what locals think could make the council save money - by…
nativity christmas Friday December 16 2011 Many schools in Barnsley have wound up the school year for 2011 with some festive concerts and nativity plays. But it's been a regular debating point on We Are Barnsley's Facebook wall about whether or not parents are allowed to…
Monday December 12 2011 Over the last few weeks on We Are Barnsley, we have noticed an increase in the number of people coming on reporting that they have been issued fines from Barnsley's biggest supermarkets for parking in the car park for longer…
MP John Healey Tuesday November 29 2011 A BARNSLEY MP is backing a campaign to get increased internet safety for children. John Healey says statics show that 87 per cent of children use the internet at home and almost half have access in their bedroom. But almost…
Monday November 7 2011 THE government is exploring plans to change the rules for MoT tests which would see them switched to every two years instead of annually. Transport secretary Philip Hammond is considering whether MoT tests for new cards could be changed to…
gavel Friday October 21 2011 It's hit the headlines this morning that judge in charge of Barnsley Magistrate's Court has banned the traditional term of endearment of 'Love.' Judge John Foster says that men appearing before him should refer to female court staff as ma'am…
Monday October 17 2011 Figures released this month show that Barnsley will have to contribute some of our police officers to help out in the Olympic Games next year. It is expected that - for a month - between seven and 14 local officers…
jail crime behind bars Thursday October 6 2011 FEWER police and council support workers will be patrolling our streets from this time next year thanks to swathing budget cuts. Already, 20 per cent of the council's neighbourhood safety service has been cut - meaning projects like the Neighbourhood…
college grafitti Monday October 3 2011 SPECULATION is rife as to who is responsible for the grafitti that has appeared on the new £50 million Barnsley College building over the weekend. The image of two policemen kissing – made famous by Banksy – has been drawn…
motorway Friday September 30 2011 THE government has announced plans today to introduce new speed limits on the motorway and increase the legal limit to 80 miles an hour. The Department of Transport is to discuss the proposals because, it claims, the current limit (introduced…
Monday September 26 2011 VENDING machines that sell cigarettes are to be banned under new legislation that comes into force on October 1. Barnsley businesses are being told the change in law is to help discourage youngsters from smoking and that the machines have…
Wednesday September 14 2011 PROPOSALS to change the electoral boundary lines could see some Barnsley constituencies carved up with some places potentially getting represented by someone new. The changes mean that the MP that currently represents you in parliament could no longer be your…
Thursday September 8 2011 Barnsley Council has signed up to take part in a UK-wide drive to encourage people to get online. The Go On Barnsley project will be aimed at older users, those without much money, and those who aren't very tech-savvy in…
Street Art Friday August 19 2011 An arts project created by recovering drug addicts and alcoholics has come to town - and this is one of the installations. It appeared on the wall at the side of Mad Mix and it's generating lots of debate -…
Thursday July 28 2011 Barnsley Council has today launched an investigation to discover what impact it would have on its tenants if it did fewer repairs to its housing stock. The Scrutiny Commission will meet at 2pm today at Central Library, Shambles Street after…
Tuesday July 5 2011 Channel 4's The Fairy Jobmother wants to come to Barnsley to help unemployed people find jobs after an appeal from one WABer. On Friday, someone posted this message on Hayley Taylor's website: "There is a website called We Are Barnsley.…
Tuesday June 28 2011 Police in Barnsley have met with security staff at Primark in Barnsley to clamp down on youngsters shoplifting. It was agreed during the meeting that if they are caught, Primark staff will inform their school and ban them from entering…
Monday June 6 2011 The developer behind the new proposed Tesco store on Market Street, Hoyland, have released the details from their two day exhibition about the plans which was attended by 175 locals. During the event residents were invited to leave their comments…
Wednesday May 25 2011 Barnsley's Newham Partnership is campaigning to get the Olympic torch to come to Barnsley - and it wants locals to nominate torch-bearers. The torch will be stopping in Leeds and Sheffield on June 24 and 25 and Barnsley is hoping…
Tuesday May 17 2011 We Are Barnsley's film crew met the town's only wheelchair basketball team The Barnsley Destroyers last week. As well as promoting sporting activities for disabled people, we got talking to them about facilities for disabled people in the town centre.…
Monday May 16 2011 Barnsley Council has made a first call for entries for this year's Mayor's Parade which will be held on July 9. A spokesman said: "The Mayors Parade 2011 sees a welcome return by popular demand for the inclusion of decorated,…
Thursday May 5 2011 It could be all change at Barnsley Council tonight as the results of the election are soon to be announced. Electors have been voting on a third of Barnsley's 63 council seats - and the results are being counted now…
Wednesday May 4 2011 On Thursday, the UK is going to be asked to consider a major overhaul of the way it votes. A new system called AV (short for Alternative Voting) has been proposed which would change the way our government is created.…
Wednesday April 27 2011 In our newest video http://www.wearebarnsley.com/2011/04/27/olympic-memories-for-barnsley-family/ we hear how Barnsley Olympian Val Pete brought her whole community together when she competed in the Mexico Olympics of 1968. Moving forward to 2011, do you think Barnsley does enough to support its modern day…
Tuesday April 26 2011 We have shared a very insightful video today which shows how the young people of Monk Bretton view their community. It's a warts and all documentary, looking at issues like drugs and smoking. You can watch the video here http://www.wearebarnsley.com/2011/04/26/monk-bretton-voice-and-influence But…
Friday April 22 2011 So it's been announced that there's an idea to create a Yorkshire Olympics (see video) http://www.wearebarnsley.com/2011/04/20/barnsley-to-join-with-yorkshire-for-possible-olympic-bid/ But we just wondered - what do you think? Is it a valuable way to help our potential Olympians?
Thursday April 21 2011 We spoke to Virgin Media yesterday as some people in Barnsley have been having intermittent problems with their connections. But it emerged during the conversation that they won't give us answers without knowing the postcodes of the homes affected -…
Wednesday April 20 2011 South Yorkshire Police has released figured today which show that 10,000 fewer crimes have been recorded in the last year. But our debate question today is: do you feel safer? What more do you think the police can do, given…
Thursday April 14 2011 Our Facebook wall here has seen a lot of debate this week over the council's introduction of pest control charges. But what do you think? Is pest control a problem in Barnsley? Do you think it's the council's responsibility to…
Wednesday April 13 2011 Since it was announced that Wombwell Swimming Baths was earmarked for closure under budget cuts, there's been a public outcry. A petition has collected 3,000 signatures of locals supporting the baths - but the council claim it is too expensive…
Tuesday April 5 2011 Residents in Pogmoor have been fighting against a proposal put forward to Barnsley Council for plans for a  a 20-pitch gypsy site at West Road. The application - by a private resident - was due to be considered by the…
Friday April 1 2011 The council has issued a statement today after its plans to overhaul the town centre and create a shopping mecca with 1,500 jobs for the community were dealt a blow. It says the government blocked a hand-over of four key sites…
Wednesday March 30 2011 They've done it! Barnsley Football Club is to become the first in the country to become solar powered. Work will start next month installing photovoltaic panels on the roofs of two stands and the external wall of the south stand…
Tuesday March 29 2011 Our Facebook friend John Irwin has very kindly kicked off our Bygone Barnsley section with a mixture of old school pictures. Do you remember the moments captured in the photos? Please feel free to comment below and share your memories.…
Tuesday March 29 2011 We Are Barnsley has announced today that we're going to launch our very own internet radio station. We are aiming to launch in Mid-April and we were wondering what type of programming you'd like to see on there. Are you…
Friday March 25 2011 So we hear in the budget that there's been an extra £100m allocated to fix pot holes across the country. We're hoping Barnsley gets a share: check out the video Nicky filmed when the snow destroyed the roads in Lundwood...…
Wednesday March 23 2011 The Chancellor will deliver the budget at 12.30pm today and we will keep you updated as and when it happens - but what could it mean for Barnsley? And what impact is it going to have on us?
Tuesday March 22 2011 We revealed on our Facebook page yesterday that pubs and clubs in Barnsley are going to be allowed to stay open until 1am to allow revellers to celebrate the Royal Wedding. But what do you think? Do people care anymore?…
Sunday March 20 2011 We Are Barnsley has got hold of a document that outline's Barnsley Primary School's plans to teach 'relationship and puberty education' in primary schools. But what do you think? A sensible way to tackle teen pregnancy, or too much too…
Friday March 18 2011 We can't help but notice that fund-raising efforts for Comic Relief in Barnsley are sparse this year - do you think Barnsley has bypassed Comic Relief? If so, why?
Thursday March 17 2011 We Are Barnsley is going to hold a regular Live Chat feature - and we want to know who you'd like to see on it. Give us suggestions (try to be realistic) and we will do our best to get…
Friday March 11 2011 After the budget announcements, we wondered what council services do you think the community could help with? Join our debate now
Wednesday February 2 2011 There's been quite a lot of cuts in Barnsley over the last few months—how have they affected you?