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Is The HS2 Worth It? A WAB Debate
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…
Barnsley Town Centre - A WAB Debate
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…
WAB Debate - How Did The Council Cope With This Winter?
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…
Ikea Set For Sheffield - A WAB Debate
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…
Half-Mast Flag For Thatcher - Yes Or No?
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…
Would You Recommend Barnsley Hospital? A WAB Debate
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.…
Schools In Barnsley - A WAB Debate
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…
What Do You Think To The Budget? A WAB Debate!
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…
Council Announce Budget Proposals - Have Your Say!
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…
Are Qualifications Enough To Secure A Job? A WAB Debate!
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…
What Will The Education Changes Mean To You? A WAB Debate!
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…
Should There Be A Review On Beer Tax? A WAB Debate!
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…
What Would Make Your Neighbourhood Feel Safer?
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…
Should Drinking Be Banned On Residential Streets?
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…
What Would Encourage You To 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…
What Do You Think Of Barnsley Hospital? A WAB Debate
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…
The 'Pasty' Tax - What Do You Think?
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…
What Would Make You Give Up Your Car?
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…
Barnsley Swimming Stats Decline For Children - Should All Children Be Able To Swim?
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…
Are You Fuel Poor? Energy Bills - The WAB Debate
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,…
What Do You Think Would Deter Shoplifters?
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…
Should Extended Sunday Shopping Hours Be Permanent?
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…
Do You Let Your Children Play Outdoors?
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…
Car Insurance Premiums Rocket For Speeders - What Do You Think?
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…
Do You Think It's Hard To Be A Teenager Today?
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,…
Are You Being Hit By Rising Energy Costs? WAB Debate
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…
Should Low Income College Students Get Free Lunches?
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…
Would Plain Cigarette Packaging Deter Youths From Smoking?
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…
Do You Understand Healthy Eating? WAB Debate!
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…
Should A 'Fat' Tax Be Added To Fizzy Drinks?
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…
What Do You Think To The 'Immoveable' Block?
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.…
Should The Penny Coin Be Abolished?
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…
Should Benefits Be Cut For Truant Kids?
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…
What The Budget Means To You - A WAB GUIDE
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…
Is It A Good Idea To Have Tolls On All Britain's Motorways?
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…
Energy Prices - How Is It Affecting Barnsley?
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: Leave A Message For Your Valentine!
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…
Where Do You Think The Council Could Save Money?
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…
School Nativity: Did You Get Pictures/Video?
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…
Supermarket Parking Fines: Who Has Had One?
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…
Do You Think The Internet Needs To Be Safer?
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…
Should MOTs Be Every Two Years?
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…
Judge Bans 'Love' In Barnsley Court - What Do You Think?
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…
Should Barnsley Help Police The Olympics?
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…
Less Police On Streets - How Would You Tackle Crime?
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…
Barnsley's 'Banksy' - Should It Stay Or Go?
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…
Should Motorway Speeds Be Increased to 80MPH?
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…
Cigarette Vending Machine Ban - Your Thoughts?
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…
Boundary Changes - Are They Necessary? Do You Care?
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…
I-Tea and Biscuits? What Gets Techno-Phobes Online?
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…
Debate: Vandalism or 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 -…
Council Debates Cutting Repairs To Its Houses - Your Thoughts?
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…
Are there job opportunities in Barnsley? Join our debate!
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.…
Young Shop-Lifters To Be Banned From Mall - Have Your Say
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…
Tesco at Hoyland - Good idea or the end for local business?
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…
Who In Barnsley Could Carry The Olympic Torch?
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…
Do disabled Barnsley people get treated fairly?
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.…
A We Are Barnsley Float At The Mayor's Parade?
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,…
Elections - Result and Opinion...
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…
THE WAB Idiot's Guide to Understanding AV
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.…
Is Barnsley Supportive Enough Of Its Young Athletes?
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…
Is Barnsley in touch with its young people?
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…
What does Barnsley think about the proposals for a Yorkshire Olympics?
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?
Virgin Media - Have You Had Trouble?
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 -…
Crime has dropped - Do you feel safer?
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…
Pest Control - Is It A Problem?
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…
Should Wombwell Baths Stay Or Go?
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…
BREAKING NEWS: Pogmoor Gypsy Plan Withdrawn
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…
Were the government right to block our town centre overhaul?
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…
Barnsley FC to become solar powered - what do you think?
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…
Bygone Barnsley - Your Memories?
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.…
WAB Radio - What do you want to see?
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…
Barnsley - Where is the worst potholes?
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...…
What will the budget mean for Barnsley?
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?
Will Barnsley Celebrate The Royal Wedding?
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?…
Sex Education - Too Much, Too Young?
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…
Has Barnsley bypassed Comic Relief?
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?
Live Chat - Who should feature?
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…
What council services do you think the community could help with?
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
What do you think to the cuts in Barnsley?
Wednesday February 2 2011
There's been quite a lot of cuts in Barnsley over the last few months—how have they affected you?
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