THE COUNCIL wants to hear your opinions on plans for the new town centre public realm.

The regeneration of the space - which will cost over £8 million as part of The Glass Works development scheme - will include a new public square and improvements to the existing public realm on May Day Green and Kendray Street, Cheapside, Queen Street, Peel Square and Midland Street.

The main square will feature terraces made from astroturf and stone, creating a local amphitheatre to host various events and performances. There will also be a cascading water pool, family-friendly outdoor dining venues and some permanent outdoor market stalls.

The full plans will be available to view in the former Better Barnsley Shop on Cheapside, on Monday 15, Tuesday 16 and Friday 19 of January, from 10am to 4pm, and following week in Market Parade on Tuesday 20, Friday 23, and Saturday 26 from 10am to 4.30pm.

The council is asking for locals to share their views before the plans are submitted for planning permisision.

Sample materials and layout details will be on display and the design team will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the plans.

Details of the plans will also be shown on the TV screen in Market Parade.

If planning consent is approved following consultation, the phased programme of works will start in Spring 2018 on Cheapside and May Day Green, and be completed in 2020 to align with the opening of the retail and leisure phase of The Glass Works.