BARNSLEY Council has instructed its partners that are involved in the 1249 Regeneration Partnership to seek out potential funding from not only this country, but abroad too.

International funding institutions are being looked at for the investment that's needed to allow work to finally start on the long-awaited Barnsley Markets Project.

Tony Baker, the man tasked with finding investment, said: "The response has been very positive indeed. This scheme is exactly what Barnsley needs and I am confident it will be developed."

The proposed £100m redevelopment aims to bring in more shoppers - giving the town's economy a much-needed boost.

Cllr Steve Houghton says currently 60 per cent of the disposable income of Barnsley people is spent outside the borough.

"If only half of that came back into Barnsley that would be a huge increase in the number of shoppers and the amount they were all spending," he said.  

It's said that the plans will form a new central retail core for the town anchored by Debenhams department store, an Odeon seven-screen cinema, 35 retail and leisure units as well as added parking.