BUSINESSES in the town centre's Arcade are being asked what needs doing to improve footfall and trade.

Barnsley Council is beginning to develop a Town Plan to improve how busy the town is and how well it can respond to changing needs.

Fresh Marketing Solutions, a company employed by Enterprising Barnsley to provide support to businesses, has had one-to-one discussions with 23 of the 24 tenants in the arcade.

Coun Roy Miller said: “Issues discussed were wider town changes, impact of Better Barnsley on small independent businesses, parking; the overall look and identity for the arcade, direct marketing, social media and event planning to coincide with wider town centre events.”

A recent meeting was held to feed back the results to businesses and agree a way forward, working together to improve trading prospects for the Arcade.