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About your village
Friday January 19 2018
WE regularly run stories on WAB about the state of the town centre - but what about your village? What needs to be changed where you live? The council recently announced it will spend £1m revamping village high streets in Goldthorpe,…
Should the National Anthem be taught in schools?
Wednesday January 17 2018
AN MP has called for the National Anthem to be sung in schools as part of the curriculum. Do you agree? And are you happy with our National Anthem God Save The Queen? Or should it be something else? Andrew…
What should be the punishment for skiving school?
Tuesday January 9 2018
CHILDREN were found to be skiving school after the council and police officers targeted truancy hotspots last month. But what should be the punishment for skiving? Barnsley interchange, Cheapside, Mandela Gardens and the Alhambra were visited by the patrol during…
Do you let your children snack?
Tuesday January 2 2018
A HEALTH body says that children should be limited to two snacks of no more than 100 calories per day. Public Health England has warned that on average, children consume at least three unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks a day,…
How much do you spend on your kids at Christmas?
Thursday December 14 2017
A MUM on benefits has caused controversy after revealing she spends £2,000 on Christmas presents for her children. Mum-of-six Claire Young appeared on This Morning where she admitted to spending thousands on a staggering 66 gifts each year for her…
Driving test changes: What would you like to see?
Monday December 4 2017
THE driving test has changed from today - with new manoeuvres that make it more like real-world driving for learners while test takers will also have to use a Sat Nav. But what other changes would you like to see?…
Parking in Barnsley
Wednesday November 15 2017
ALMOST £50,000 was raised in parking fines by the council in just three months. This week's WAB Debate asks: Is there sufficient parking in the town centre - and is it too expensive? A Freedom of Information request submitted to…
Do you wear a poppy?
Wednesday November 8 2017
REMEMBRANCE Sunday takes place this weekend. This week's WAB Debate asks: Do you wear a red poppy, white poppy, or do you wear one at all? After the First World War, the traditional red poppy was adopted as a symbol…
Should fireworks be banned?
Thursday November 2 2017
A PETITION to ban fireworks has gathered over 17,000 signatures. The petition's creators claims that fireworks can 'cause alarm, distress and anxiety to many people and animals'. The petition calls on the government to: "Change the laws governing the use…
Should the government do more to help parents pay for childcare?
Friday October 20 2017
CHILDCARE costs for young children have risen up to seven times faster than wages in the last nine years, according to a new study. Research by trade union body TUC shows that average costs in England for parents with a…
How do you punish your children?
Thursday October 19 2017
SMACKING children is set to be banned in Scotland. The government has confirmed it will ensure a bill lodged by Green MSP John Finnie will become law. If the move goes through, Scotland would become the first part of the…
What do you want to see in the new Market Kitchen?
Friday October 13 2017
THE new Market Hall will feature a 600-seater food court and ten new food outlets - and you're being asked what kind of food you'd like to see served. Market Kitchen will be on the upper floor of Market Hall, and…
Gyms in Barnsley
Wednesday October 11 2017
JD Sports is planning to open a new gym in Barnsley. Planning permission was granted last year to turn the former MFI store on Twibell Street at the bottom of Harborough Hill into a trampoline park, but the operator pulled out…
Which sport is the most dangerous?
Wednesday September 27 2017
THE UK's chief medical officers (CMOs) are being urged to protect children from the risks of rugby injuries by removing contact from the school game. But which sport do you think is the most dangerous? Prof Allyson Pollock, from Newcastle University,…
Do you feel safe in the interchange?
Monday September 25 2017
BARNSLEY interchange has picked up an award for providing a safe environment for both passengers and staff. But do you feel safe in the bus station? The interchange has been accredited with the Safer Bus Station award, making it one…
Barnsley's Taxis: A WAB Debate
Wednesday September 20 2017
A DRESS CODE, speaking test, formal qualifications and CCTV in cabs may become compulsory for taxi drivers under considerations for a review of taxi licensing in Barnsley. But what do you think of the taxi services in Barnsley? Are there…
Are school rules too harsh?
Wednesday September 13 2017
ANGRY parents have slammed a troubled school for its "Army-like" rules that force children to have a 9pm bedtime and a 6.30am alarm set. Are schools too harsh with some of their rules? Are there any rules at your child's…
Litter in Barnsley
Tuesday September 12 2017
A PRIVATE enforcement firm that targets litter bugs in central Barnsley has been told to focus on those dropping fast food boxes and crisp packets. Is littering a problem in Barnsley? What kind of litter do you see the most…
What should be in the punishment for improper parking?
Wednesday September 6 2017
A NEW survey reveals that over half of drivers questioned want to fine motorists who use parent-and-child parking spaces when they don’t have a child in the car. But what do you think should be the punishment for improper use…
Do you feel safe in your village?
Friday September 1 2017
BANK holiday weekend was overshadowed by two incidents involving weapons near Kendray. This week's WAB Debate asks: Do you feel safe in your village? Last Sunday, Neville Avenue was closed because of reports of a man wielding a machete, while…
Barnsley market: Should it be smoke-free?
Tuesday August 29 2017
BARNSLEY could become home to the first smoke-free market in the country after plans were revealed to market traders by council officials. Stall holders have been told the council wants to build on the success of voluntary smoke-free zones in…
Internet trolls: What should be the punishment?
Friday August 25 2017
INTERNET trolls will face prosecution for hate crime the same way as if they would have abused people in the street under new legal guidelines. Hate crimes committed on social media will be taken as seriously as ‘offline’ offences as…
Should driving lessons be changed?
Thursday August 24 2017
AFTER the announcement that learner drivers will be able to have motorway lessons from next year, road safety charity Brake says lessons should also be compulsory on rural, country roads. But what other changes would you like to see to…
Where do you like to shop? A WAB Debate!
Wednesday August 23 2017
LIDL has overtaken Waitrose to become Britain's seventh largest supermarket. This week's WAB Debate asks: Where do you like to shop and why? Lidl grew sales by 18.9 per cent in the 12 weeks to August 13, taking its market…
The cost of train services: A WAB Debate
Friday August 18 2017
TRAIN fares will rise by 3.6 per cent from January next year. This week's WAB Debate asks: Are you happy with train services? The annual increase in the cost of tickets comes into effect from January 2018 and marks the…
Students: What next?
Thursday August 17 2017
THOUSANDS of students across the country are celebrating A level results - with many now off to university to study towards degrees. However, the Ucas admissions body says that only 416,000 university places have so far been confirmed - down…
Driving lessons on motorways: A good idea?
Monday August 14 2017
LEARNER drivers will be allowed to have lessons on the motorway by next year, the government has announced. The Department for Transport said lessons would be in a dual-control car with an approved driving instructor. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said…
Prisoners and family: A WAB Debate
Thursday August 10 2017
PRISONERS should be able to use video calling services such as Skype to keep in touch with family and friends, the Government has been advised. A report by Lord Farmer suggests some inmates in England and Wales should be allowed…
Mental health in schools: A WAB Debate
Wednesday August 9 2017
SCHOOLS and colleges across South Yorkshire are to get special first aid kits to cope with mental health issues of pupils. The kits - developed by Sheffield-based charity The Children and Young People's Empowerment Project - will include supplies to help…
What restaurants do you want to see in Barnsley?
Thursday August 3 2017
EARLIER today, we told you how Dunkin' Donuts will open a new restuarant in Birdwell at the end of the month. The news caused a bit of a stir - with some of you happy Barnsley is getting a new…
Selfridges launches Christmas Store - is Christmas too commercialised?
Wednesday August 2 2017
SELFRIDGES has been blasted by customers after launching its Christmas store this week. Selfridges launches its Christmas shop in two phases, with phase two set to launch on September 4. But shoppers have hit out at the retailer, saying it's…
Your hopes for Barnsley this season
Thursday July 27 2017
BARNSLEY kick off their 2017/18 Championship campaign away at Bristol City next Saturday. The Reds travel to Bristol hoping to get off to a flying start after a decent pre-season. What are your hopes for this year? Where do you…
How can we help children with health and fitness outside of school?
Wednesday July 26 2017
NEW research says that summer holidays are bad for children's health, with youths being “plonked in front of screens” and losing most of the fitness they gain at school. This week's WAB Debate asks: What can be done to help keep…
WAB Debate: Should having tattoos affect whether you get a job?
Tuesday July 18 2017
A MAN in New Zealand has hit headlines after claiming he's unable to get a job because of a tattoo on his face. This week's WAB Debate asks: Should having tattoos affect whether you get a job? Mark Cropp believes his…
WAB Debate: Should you drink in front of children?
Thursday July 13 2017
THE NSPCC has warned parents to be aware of how drunk they are in front of children - or they could end up facing a charge of neglect. The child protection charity says that parents need to be responsible as…
Should all school sports days be competitive?
Wednesday July 12 2017
A LEADING sports psychologist says that schools should scrap non-competitive sports days and make them competitive and fun. Speaking of the idea of a ‘non-competitive’ sports day, Amanda Hills from British Psychological Society’s Sport and Exercise division said: "It doesn’t teach children…
Snapchat Map - is it safe?
Thursday July 6 2017
SCHOOLS are warning parents that the new Snapchat location feature 'Snap Map' could put their children at risk. Snap Map lets users share their exact location with people on their "friends" list in real time - but schools say that…
The Tories and the DUP
Tuesday June 27 2017
THERESA May has agreed a £1.5 billion deal with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in order to prop up her minority government. The support of the DUP, added to the Tories' 317 MPs, means Mrs May passes the 326 figure…
WAB Debate: Is gambling a problem in Barnsley?
Wednesday June 14 2017
A BETTING company has revealed that Barnsley is home to the highest percentage of its members. This week's WAB Debate asks: Is gambling a problem in Barnsley? The report by Profit Accumulator - a matched betting service - said that…
Barnsley's first pet crematorium
Tuesday June 13 2017
AN OLD potting shed in the grounds of Cannon Hall could be transformed into Barnsley's first pet crematorium. The £150,000 plan has been drawn up by the council and is expected to be up and running by next year, carrying…
WAB Debate: Online gaming and bullying
Wednesday May 31 2017
A NEW study carried out by an anti-bullying charity has found that one in two of the young people it surveyed had experienced bullying online when playing games. Ditch the Label surveyed around 2,500 young members of the virtual hotel…
WAB Debate: Should fast food be banned from public transport?
Thursday May 25 2017
FAST food should be banned from buses and trains in an effort to tackle obesity - according to experts. Experts at the world’s largest obesity conference urged politicians to make changes to limit the availability of junk food on public…
Is security too relaxed at events?
Wednesday May 24 2017
SPORTING events and venues in England are conducting major security reviews after 22 people were killed in an attack at Manchester Arena. This week's WAB Debate asks: Is security too relaxed at events? The devastating terror attack on Monday night…
What are the worst driving habits?
Wednesday May 17 2017
TAILGATING is the most annoying driving habit, according to a new survey. A poll of more than 20,000 AA members found that 26 per cent rated vehicles being driven too close to the car in front as being the worst…
What do you think of plans for smoke free zones in the town centre?
Friday May 12 2017
CHILDCARE students from Barnsley College have been asking locals for their views on smoke free zones in the town centre. The students are assisting work by Barnsley Council towards its pledge to inspire a smoke free generation by 2025. As…
The Glass Works: What retailers would you like to see?
Thursday May 11 2017
EARLIER this year, Barnsley Council unveiled plans for The Glass Works - the new shopping precinct in the town centre. Cineworld and Superbowl UK have already been confirmed as two new faces for Barnsley - but what other retailers would…
Are SATs too hard?
Tuesday May 9 2017
SATS are taking place across the country this week - but are they too hard? SATs are used to measure how children in years 2 and 6 are doing in primary school. However, some parents saying they are too difficult…
WAB Debate: What do you think of Better Barnsley so far?
Friday May 5 2017
THE Better Barnsley project is well underway - with plans unveiled for the Glass Works, work on the new library starting, the temporary markets open and ongoing work to the Metropolitan Centre. Cineworld and Superbowl UK have been confirmed for…
WAB Debate: School uniform
Wednesday May 3 2017
A FRUSTRATED father hit the headlines last week after he blocked his daughter's school gates with his car because he could not afford to buy her new school uniform. This week's WAB Debate asks: Is school uniform too expensive? It…
WAB Debate: Barnsley's most dangerous roads
Wednesday April 5 2017
OVER the last few weeks, we've reported a number of stories where accidents have occurred on some of Barnsley's most infamous roads. Most recently, a schoolboy was run over on Derwent Road, Athersley South, after he stepped into the road from…
BREXIT: Would you change your vote given the option?
Wednesday March 29 2017
PRIME Minister Theresa May has triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty - starting a two year countdown to the UK's exit from the European Union. This week's WAB Debate asks - would you change your Brexit vote if you…
How should the government tackle child obesity?
Monday March 27 2017
A GROUP of MPs have called for the government to reduce the number of offers on unhealthy food to help combat child obesity. The report, by the Health Select Committee, also calls for rules on junk food advertisements to be…
WAB Debate: What should be the penalty for speeding?
Wednesday March 22 2017
MOTORISTS who are caught speeding could end up paying as much as £2,500 in fines when changes to the law come in next month. This week's WAB Debate asks: What should be the penalty for speeding? Currently, the maximum possible…
WAB Debate: Do you want your children to learn about sex education in school?
Wednesday March 1 2017
SEX and relationships education will be made compulsory in all schools in England, the government has announced. But do you want it taught to your children? Education Secretary Justine Greening said today that all children from the age of four…
Do you find it easy to book a doctor's appointment?
Monday February 13 2017
TWO new doctors have been appointed to a practice in Dodworth to meet patient demand. Eight new members of staff have been appointed to the practice at Apollo Court Medical Centre over the last few weeks, amid claims patients were…
What punishment should be given to those who use their phone while driving?
Monday January 23 2017
DRIVERS caught using their mobile phone could be given six points and a £200 fine from March - doubling the current punishment. New proposals by the Government also say that driver education courses will not be an option. The current…
WAB Debate: Should learner drivers be allowed on the motorway?
Friday December 30 2016
LEARNER drivers are set to be allowed to have lessons on motorways for the first time, if government plans are approved. Transport minister Andrew Jones says the move would help make roads in Britain safer, while motoring experts say the…
What would changes do you want to see in Barnsley in 2017?
Wednesday December 21 2016
BIG changes are planned for the town centre as part of the Better Barnsley project - but what changes would you most like to see? Less fly tipping? More restaurants? Harsher penalties for dog fouling? New activities? Leave your comments…
Should motorists who cause death by dangerous driving face longer sentences?
Monday December 5 2016
DRIVERS who cause death by dangerous or careless driving could get life in prison under new government proposals. Ministers want to bring the offence in line with manslaughter. Motorists who cause death by speeding, street racing or while on a…
How easy is it to get a doctor's appointment?
Friday December 2 2016
NEWS broke this week that some doctors are ringing patients for a phone assessment before deciding if they need an appointment. Do you struggle to get an appointment? Why do you think it's difficult to get one? Have your say…
Should cannabis be made legal?
Tuesday November 22 2016
A NEW report suggests that the UK should follow in California’s footsteps and legalise cannabis. The report into domestic drugs policy says that if cannabis were made legal and regulated by the Government, taxation from sales and savings from the…
Should pupils be punished for incorrect uniform?
Tuesday September 13 2016
THOUSANDS of school children across the country have been sent home this week, as teachers crack down on incorrect uniform. What do you think? Should pupils be penalised for incorrect uniform? Has this ever happened to you or your children?
What do you think to the new market?
Wednesday September 7 2016
THE new May Day Green market opened last Saturday, what do you think it will bring to our town? Have you been for a look around yet? Are you a fan? Leave your comments below.
What should happen to the Chicago Rock site?
Tuesday August 30 2016
THE DEMOLITION of Chicago Rock is due to begin today. Barnsley Council announced on Friday (August 26) that the iconic building would be brought down following a fire on Thursday, August 18. What would you like to see built on…
Dangerous Dogs Act: Time for a change?
Tuesday August 9 2016
DOGS are being put down based on how they look and not on the danger they pose, according to the RSPCA. The animal charity says the Dangerous Dogs Act has caused the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of dogs. The Pit…
Barnsley kick off new season this weekend
Monday August 1 2016
BARNSLEY kick off their 2016/17 Championship campaign away at Ipswich Town this Saturday. The Reds travel to Portman Road hoping to get off to a flying start after a good pre-season. With a feel good factor surrounding the club following…
Tuesday July 5 2016
TEACHERS are striking today over funding, pay and working conditions. Schools across the country - including some in Barnsley - have been closed because of the action. Teachers were pictured striking outside of the Town Hall earlier today. Do you agree…
EU referendum: Did the UK vote the right way?
Monday June 27 2016
A petition has been launched requesting a second EU referendum. The UK voted to leave the European Union on Friday, and Barnsley joined the UK in voting out. It was a majority vote, with 83,958 votes to leave and 38,951…
Barnsley's transport services
Tuesday June 21 2016
WITH discussions taking place on how to improve Barnsley's buses and trains, we want to know what changes you'd like to make to Barnsley's transport services. Are buses and trains too expensive? Should children under a certain age go free?…
What activities would you like to see in Barnsley?
Tuesday June 7 2016
TRAMPOLINE Parks could be coming to Barnsley - but what other fun activities would you like to see? Barnsley-based Jump Fit Ltd has submitted the first planning application for a 16,000 sq ft trampoline park at Barugh Green, using the…
Can England win the Euros?
Friday June 3 2016
EURO 2016 kicks off next week - and the question is simple, can England bring the trophy home? We've not exactly got a great record in international tournaments - but this year marks the 50th anniversary of our World Cup…
What do you think to train services?
Thursday May 26 2016
BARNSLEY has been promised a “transformational” change to the area’s rail network including improved trains, more services and better station facilities. Ariva took over the Northern franchise earlier this year and have announced a £1bn investment across the region which…
The EU referendum
Tuesday May 17 2016
THE EU referendum is drawing closer. On Thursday, 23 June, a referendum will be held to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union. So WABers, will you be voting in or out? Why? Or, do you…
Should parents be fined for taking kids out of school in term time?
Monday May 16 2016
A FATHER was told he had no case to answer for refusing to pay a fine for taking his daughter out of school during term time. John Platt said the victory would benefit hundreds of other parents facing similar penalties…
Is Barnsley on the up?
Monday May 2 2016
THE Better Barnsley project is well underway, with plans for a new market, cinema and shops in full flow. However, with a rise in fly-tipping and dog-fouling offences, and with locals taking to social media to hit out at safety in…
Is there enough food choice in Barnsley?
Friday April 29 2016
UNIVERSITY Campus Barnsley (UCB) students are asking for feedback from Barnsley folk on their dining experiences within the town. The group of Travel and Tourism Management HND students are encouraging people to share their experiences of eating out in Barnsley…
Are you happy with your bus service?
Monday April 18 2016
THE number of bus riders in Barnsley has fallen. Overall satisfaction in bus services has also dropped, as well as satisfaction with public transport information. The stats come as a newly formed Barnsley Bus Partnership will aim to tackle the…
Could A and E figures increase in Barnsley?
Monday April 18 2016
DAN JARVIS has raised concerns over the closure of Huddersfield A and E and the pressures it could bring to Barnsley. Huddersfield A and E is earmarked for closure, although there are ongoing protests. He told Barnsley Clinical Commissioning…
WAB Debate: Barnsley's new cinema
Tuesday April 12 2016
THE COUNCIL will decide on an operator for a new cinema in Barnsley this summer. The council is planning to build a new multiplex as part of the Better Barnsley project - throwing rival plans to build a cinema in…
Do your kids drink enough water?
Monday April 11 2016
COUNCILS are urging children and teenagers to drink more water in an effort to tackle obesity. The Local Government Association, which represents more than 370 councils, is calling for water to be made more freely available in schools, nurseries and…
WAB Debate: What needs to be done to make Barnsley a better place?
Monday April 4 2016
AN EVENT will be held this week that will ask people for their hopes for a better Barnsley. The event will mark the launch of the Our Barnsley 2025 campaign, that asks residents what they’d like Barnsley to be like…
WAB DEBATE: School holiday change
Monday March 28 2016
COUNCIL BOSSES have approved a change to school holidays. From September 2017, kids who learn at council-controlled schools will be given four weeks and four days off in the summer, with an extra week in October. The move abandons the traditional…
Councils call for junk food advertising ban
Friday March 18 2016
COUNCILS have called for the power to ban junk food advertising near schools to combat child obesity. The Local Government Association says the move would reduce children’s exposure to unhealthy food and drinks high in salt, fat and sugar. Research…
New campaign to fight bullying
Monday March 14 2016
A NEW CAMPAIGN has been launched to help tackle bullying. The Education Network has launched an anti-bullying campaign to help local schools stamp out bullying behaviour. Recent figures for Yorkshire and Humberside show that 1 in 10 children have reported…
Councils call for fizzy drink labels
Monday March 7 2016
FIZZY DRINKS should have child-friendly 'teaspoon labels' to help combat tooth decay and childhood obesity, according to council chiefs. The calls come after figures revealed that treating obesity and the effects of oral diseases costs the NHS a combined £8.4…
Top 30 worst Mother's Day gifts
Wednesday March 2 2016
FIFTY per cent of mums in Barnsley won’t be getting the day off this Mother’s Day. A survey by Sizzling Pubs and Crown Carveries also revealed twenty nine per cent of mums won’t even get a lie-in, and one in…
Asda criticised over removal of food bank collection points
Thursday February 18 2016
ASDA has removed food bank collection points from its stores, sparking criticism from MP Dan Jarvis. In a controversial shake-up, shoppers will no longer be able to leave food in unmanned trolleys, baskets or boxes. Instead, people wanting to donate…
Should Council Tax be increased to help cover policing costs?
Wednesday January 6 2016
MORE neighbourhood police - including PCSOs - will only be available if the community steps in to pay extra council tax to pay for them. South Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner has asked the public if he should add extra…
Would you miss Christmas to work?
Tuesday December 15 2015
RESEARCH has shown that half of people who own their own business have ended up working on Christmas Day. The study from Zurich Insurance said a third have sent work emails on Christmas Day while one in five has shunned…
Should care homes have CCTV? A WAB debate
Friday November 27 2015
SCRUTINY watchdogs have considered whether all care homes should have CCTV. The Safeguarding Scrutiny, made up of local councillors, discussed the idea after Coun Andrew Millner claimed it would ‘cover’ both the carer in case of any malicious claims and also the…
Should pubs close earlier? - A WAB Debate
Friday November 20 2015
TOWN centre pub landlord Paul McNicholas believes pubs should close earlier to crackdown on booze-related anti-social behaviour. Paul, who owns Annie Murray’s Irish Bar on the Victorian Arcade, is a former chairman of Pubwatch. He believes late closing is to blame for…
Restorative Justice - does an apology cut it?
Tuesday November 17 2015
A POLICE hub which allows victims of crime to come face to face with the offender has handled over 1300 cases since June. The South Yorkshire Restorative Justice hub has seen six victims of crime come face to face with…
Do you think shoppers should be charged 5p for a bag?
Monday October 5 2015
FROM today, shoppers at all big stores will be forced to pay 5p for every plastic bag provided at the tills. Only retailers that employ more than 250 full-time workers will begin charging their customers, with smaller shops exempt from…
Do you think smoking should be banned in prison?
Wednesday September 30 2015
Smoking will be banned in four prisons in England from next year, the government has announced. From next month, smoking will also be banned inside buildings at all open prisons in England and Wales. This is the start of a…
Would you like to see other businesses follow Lidl's example?
Monday September 28 2015
DISCOUNT store Lidl has vowed to become the first UK supermarket to bring in the minimum wage recommended by the Living Wage Foundation. From October, Lidl employees will earn a minimum of £8.20 an hour across England, Scotland and Wales.…
Would you leave your children alone in the car?
Tuesday September 22 2015
FORMER pop star Rachel Stevens made headlines this week after she was pictured leaving her two daughters alone in the car while she ran errands. The S Club 7 singer reportedly parked and left her children aged four and 18…
Is touchscreen technology good or bad for children?
Monday September 21 2015
A SURVEY has revealed a rise in the number of under-fives watching TV and using tablets. Pre-school children watching TV has increased from an average of 2.4 to 2.6 hours per day over the past year, according to a report…
Should kids be sent home if they're not wearing the correct school uniform?
Monday September 7 2015
WITH the new school term in full swing, we are asking WABers if kids should be sent home if they're not wearing the correct uniform? Comment in the box below.
Calls to extend the smoking ban to outside pubs
Monday August 17 2015
THE smoking ban should include beer gardens, parks and outside school gates, according to medical experts. The Royal Society for Public Health want to extend the ban to reduce the convenience of lighting up. They believe this will result in more…
Facebook reveals results of study into online laughter
Tuesday August 11 2015
A FACEBOOK study has revealed that LOL is not being used as much anymore. The four most commonly used online laughs (according to Facebook data) are Haha, a laughing emoji, Hehe, followed by LOL. The research was limited to posts…
Is Taco Bell filling a much-needed gap in the market?
Tuesday August 11 2015
AMERICAN fast-food chain Taco Bell recently announced plans to open a new store on Peel Street in Barnsley. Do you think we should be encouraging more independent cafes and restaurants to open up in Barnsley? Or do you think Taco…
What needs to be done to stop vandals targeting our parks?
Monday August 10 2015
THERE has been repeated reports from WABers that local parks are being targeted by vandals. Everything from smashed glass and litter to dog mess and the destruction of plants. Families are having to explain their children that they won't be…
Is there enough activities for families and young people in Barnsley
Monday August 3 2015
WITH the summer holidays now in full swing, we are asking WABers if they think there is enough activities for families and young people in Barnsley? What do you think would help to keep youngsters busy during the six-week summer…
Should landlords be responsible for fire safety in rented homes?
Tuesday July 28 2015
A NEW proposed law will require all landlords to have working smoke alarms in their properties from October 1. The laws, subject to parliamentary approval, mean it will be compulsory for landlords to: Fit at least one smoke alarm on…
Changes to Tesco's click and collect service - what do you think?
Monday July 20 2015
SHOPPERS using Tesco's click and collect service could face a £4 added cost under new rules. If you're buying goods worth less than £40 online, even if you pick up in store, you will face a £4 delivery fee. This…
Should councils be able to fine car owners even if they are not the ones who have littered?
Monday July 6 2015
DEBATE: Councils across the country are asking for new powers to tackle the problem of people throwing litter from their vehicles. At the moment penalties can only be issued if the authority can identify who littered. However new powers would…
Should school kids leave their blazers at home in hot weather?
Tuesday June 30 2015
It looks set to be a scorcher today! WABers in hot temperatures should school kids be allowed to leave their blazers and ties at home and work bosses let their staff ditch uniforms? What do you think?
Should motorway lane hoggers be fined?
Monday June 22 2015
A motorway lane hogger on the M62 has been fined £940 and handed five points on his licence for refusing to move from the middle lane. Drivers had to brake and then overtake after being blocked by the van driving…
What do you think will help improve trade in The Arcade?
Wednesday June 17 2015
CONSULTANTS have been brought in to look at improving trade in The Arcade. The area was once marketed as a unique shopping experience but in recent years many of the shops have been left empty. WABers what do you think…
Should parents who smoke in cars be fined £50?
Monday June 8 2015
Smoking in cars carrying children has been made illegal in England and Wales. Parents who break the law could face a £50 fine. The ban will take effect on October 1. Should parents who smoke in cars be fined £50?…
Too afraid to send your children to the corner shop?
Monday June 1 2015
Last week MP Dan Jarvis welcomed government action to ban legal highs. Mr Jarvis said he is "determined that no-one in our community feels too intimidated to walk down their own road, or too afraid to send their children to…
Should consistently underperforming schools be forced to become academies?
Wednesday May 27 2015
SCHOOLS that consistently underperform will be forced to become academies under plans announced in the Queen's Speech. What do you think? Should consistently underperforming schools in Barnsley be forced to become academies? Comment in the box below.
Should women breastfeed in public?
Wednesday May 20 2015
Businesses are being asked to join the Barnsley Breastfeeding ‘Welcome Here’ scheme. Its aim is to promote the places that provide a welcoming atmosphere for breastfeeding families through an online directory. Do you think women should be encouraged to breastfeed…
WAB Debate: Should pet owners be fined if their dog bites?
Wednesday May 20 2015
Pet owners who fail to take action to prevent a dog attack could be fined up to £20,000, under tough new laws. If a complaint has been made about a dog to the police or council, its owners could be…
Should parents be fined if their kids are late for school?
Thursday May 14 2015
SCHOOLS will be allowed to fine parents £60 if pupils are repeatedly late under a controversial plan on late-gate patrols. Schools nationally hit the headlines last week saying tardy parents will be fined if their children are consistently late. Now,…
Should students be allowed to use Google in exams? A WAB Debate!
Wednesday May 6 2015
THE HEAD of one of the biggest exam board's in the UK has hit the headlines after he suggested students should be allowed to Google in exams. Mark Dawe, the OCR exam board chief executive, spioke out in a Telegraph…
Help us create a Tour De Yorkshire playlist!
Friday May 1 2015
As excitement starts to grow about the Tour De Yorkshire - we want to raid the archives and count down the most popular songs about bikes. On Sunday, from 11am you will be able to listen to a run down…
Does Barnsley Have Too Many Fast Food Takeaways? A WAB Debate
Thursday April 2 2015
THE number of unhealthy fast food takeaways on the nation's high streets has soared over the past two decades, according to new research. Are there too many in Barnsley? The new study, published by academics at the University of Cambridge,…
Should Sex Crime Suspects Have The Right To Anonymity Before Being Charged?
Wednesday March 25 2015
MPs say a ban on identifying people who are arrested for sex offences should be put into place until they're charged. The Home Affairs Select Committee said suspects deserve the right to anonymity, unless they were charged or police needed…
Racial Hatred On Social Media - Should Offenders Be Banned?
Wednesday February 11 2015
SOCIAL media users who spread racial hatred should be banned from sites such as Facebook and Twitter, according to MPs. A Parliamentary inquiry was set up to focus on anti-Semitic posts after an influx in the summer of last year…
Offering Pregnant Smokers Shopping Vouchers To Quit - A Good Idea?
Thursday January 29 2015
OFFERING shopping vouchers worth a total of £400 to pregnant smokers makes them more likely to quit the habit, say researchers. A trial involving 600 women from Glasgow saw more than 20 per cent kicking the habit, compared with nine…
Smoking In Cars Carrying Kids Set To Be Banned
Monday January 26 2015
SMOKING in cars carrying children is set to become illegal. Stricter measures are expected to come into force late this year in the biggest crackdown since the ban on smoking in public places in 2007. A fine of £50 will…
Rail Fare Increase Comes Into Effect - Is It Now Too Expensive?
Friday January 16 2015
INCREASED fares have come into effect for rail passengers. Regular rail users across the country are being hit by a 2.5 per cent increase in season ticket prices and some off-peak and anytime fares. Some season tickets in Barnsley have…
Should Mothers Make Way For Wheelchair Users On Buses?
Tuesday December 9 2014
BUS companies are not required by law to force parents with buggies to make way for wheelchair users in designated bays on vehicles, senior judges have ruled. First Bus appealed against a court ruling, won by a disabled man from…
What Should The Council Be Doing Differently? A WAB Debate
Wednesday December 3 2014
RESIDENTS can have their say on what Barnsley Council should do differently, do less of, or stop doing as it deals with major budget cuts. The council has had to cut £59 million during the last four years and has…
Should Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant Be Illegal? A WAB Debate
Wednesday November 5 2014
DRINKING alcohol during pregnancy could become a crime, women's charities say. A council in the north-west of England is seeking criminal injuries compensation after a six-year-old girl was left with growth problems caused by her mother's alcohol consumption. The British…
What Do You Think To Public Transport?
Monday October 6 2014
WHAT do you think to public transport? You have been invited by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) to share your views. The 'Have Your Say' consultation on public transport information, bus stops and interchanges closes on Wednesday. SYPTE is…
Pre-Paid Benefit Card Plan Revealed
Wednesday October 1 2014
BENEFITS could to be paid onto smart cards - to stop claimants wasting taxpayers' money on alcohol or gambling. Iain Duncan Smith announced the first trial of pre-paid cards, which would restrict where the jobless or poor can spend their…
MP Demands Passport Refund After Delays
Tuesday September 16 2014
PEOPLE who paid an extra £30 to fast-track passport applications should have their money refunded, according to MPs. The Passport Office was so inundated with requests this summer outstanding requests went above half a million. Delays hit around mid-June, meaning…
Should The School Nit Nurse Be Reintroduced?
Tuesday September 16 2014
A BARNSLEY woman plans to set up an online petition to ask the council to consider reintroducing the community nit nurse. Karen Cocking, of Shafton, wants nit nurses back in local schools. Do you agree? How many times have you had…
Mum Creates App To Prevent Kids From Ignoring Parents
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…
Has Your Dog Stopped You From Going On Holiday?
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…
Is The Six-Week Summer Holiday From School Too Long?
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…
Is £44 Too Much For Barnsley's New Shirt?
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…
Do You Back The Ambulance Workers' 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…
Parents Should Ban Fruit Juice, Experts Claim
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…
Major School Dinners Shake-Up Announced - A WAB Debate
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…
Charging For Carrier Bags - A WAB Debate
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.…
Barnsley To Get Its Own TV Show - WAB DEBATE
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…
Lower Voting Age Backed By Council - A WAB Debate
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…
Coping With Crying: Did You Need Help?
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…
Rubbish Collections: What Do You Think?
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…
Is Two Too Young To Start Education? A WAB Debate
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.…
Tough New Measures For Long-Term Unemployed
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…
'Overtaking' Lanes In Shops - A Good Idea?
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…
Would You Like To See More 20mph Speed Limits? A WAB Debate
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…
Can The Reds Escape Relegation? A WAB Debate
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…
Barnsley's Schools - Would You Like To See More Being Built? A WAB Debate
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…
Should 16-Year-Olds Be Allowed To Vote - A WAB Debate!
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…
Healthcare In Barnsley - What Would You Improve? A WAB Debate
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…
What Are Your Biggest Driving Distractions? A WAB Debate
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…
Have Self-Service Checkouts Turned Us Into Thieves? - A WAB Debate
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…
WAB DEBATE: Should School Days Be Made Longer?
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…
What's The Longest You've Had To Wait To See A Doctor? - WAB Debate
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…
iPads To Be Installed In Police Cars - What Do You Think? A WAB Debate
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…
New School Holiday Rules - A WAB Debate
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…
Council Paper Recycling Bags - What 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…
What's Your Yorkshire Icon? A WAB Debate
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…
Reds Name Wilson As New Boss
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…
Reds' 'Brand Refresh' Shows Off Four New Crests - A WAB Debate
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…
Library Consultation Starts - A WAB Debate
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…
South Yorkshire's New Mums Set For Breastfeeding Incentives
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,…
New Arena Could Come To Barnsley
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…
'Drug Room' Considered - A WAB Debate
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 For Travellers? - A WAB Debate
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…
School Holiday Rules - A WAB Debate
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…
Consuming Alcohol In Front Of Kids - Right Or Wrong?
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 - A WAB Debate
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…
Barnsley Town Centre - A WAB Debate
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…
Barnsley MPs' Expenses - A WAB Debate
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…
Young Driver Proposals - A WAB Debate
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?…
Help To Work Scheme - 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 Set To Unveil Plans In Public Consultation
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 Doubles Its Price - Will This Put You Off?
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…
Strict New Measures For The Unemployed - A WAB Debate
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…
New Fast Food Restaurant - Do You Think It's Needed? A WAB Debate
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…
New School Holiday Rules - A WAB Debate
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…
Town Hall Fountains - A 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…
Should HS2 Plans Be Scrapped? - A WAB Debate
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…
GP Appointments - A WAB Debate
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 Square - 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…
The Town Hall Sculpture - A WAB Debate
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…
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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