BARNSLEY town centre is bucking the trend when it comes to occupied shops.

The amount of shops leased in the town centre is still well above the national average, with 95.7 per cent of premises being occupied.

That figure is substantially higher than the national average of 89 per cent and a regional figure of 88.5 per cent.

Barnsley's independent retail offer also continues to grow, nationally just 48.7 per cent of units are held by independents, regionally 67.3 per cent but Barnsley again shows it has something fresh to offer with 83 per cent of shops being independent.

The news comes after a new report said a drastic shake-up was needed to reinvent Barnsley's 'failed' town centre. You can read that by clicking here.

A council spokesman said: "It’s fantastic that Barnsley town centre is doing so well, in comparison to both regional and national figures."