THE council has provided an update on the Better Barnsley project - including news on the new cinema, a planned bowling alley, the new shopping boulevard and a planned gym in the town centre.

At a forum last night (Thursday February 2) We Are Barnsley learned that work on the new town centre library is due to start this month - with a planned opening in early 2018.

The new shopping area in the town centre - to be named The Glassworks - will feature 26 shopping units, including 11 restaurants and cafes, and six large units. It will run through the end of and at the back of the Metropolitan Centre.

The shops on the council's wish list are H and M, River Island, Jack and Jones, Schuh, Dr Martens, Lush, HMV, DW Sports and Footasylum.

The list also features major food outlets and restaurants such as Five Guys, TGI Fridays, Krispy Kreme, Bella Italia, Las Iguanas, Nando’s and Handmade Burger Company.

The new cinema will be a 14 screen multiplex, and there are plans to include a new bowling alley in the facility. There will also be restaurant units underneath the cinema.

The cinema's planned location is near to where the temporary May Day Green market is now - and work will commence on the facility in winter 2018.

The council says that talks with the new operator are progressing well, and that there will be an announcement in the coming weeks.

As well as that, there are plans for a new gym to be built on Cheapside.

The Better Barnsley scheme is scheduled to be completed in May 2020.